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Gov. Perry says Texas wont participate in Obamacare


POSTED: Monday, July 9, 2012 - 4:39pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 9:49am

TYLER - "If anyone had any doubt, we wanted to clearly put it to bed that Texas wasn't going to be a part of it."

Governor Rick Perry made the announcement on Monday that the Lone Star State, would not follow the guidelines of the new health care law.

"We're not going to participate in any exchanges, we're not going to expand medicaid, we're just not going to be a part of again socializing health care in the state of Texas and going in direct conflict with our founding fathers wishes and freedom for that matter. People need to be free to make those decisions about their health care not be forced by this administration."

But of course, Mr. Perry might have a problem. While the Supreme Court ruled that states may not be punished for opting out of the medicaid, the insurance exchange is not optional.

Meaning if the state doesn't come up with it's own plan, the government will make their own one-size-fits-all plan. We spoke with some east texans to get their view on the Governor's stance against the health care law.

"I just think everybody ought to be able to have their own opinion on everything, they ought to be able to pick and choose what they want."
"Perry's an idiot and that's my thoughts."
"I think Governor Perry's great actually, and I appreciate that."

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Doctors complain that the Texas Medicaid program pays only half of the actual cost of most services, leaving them to absorb the losses. The Republican-controlled Legislature cut Medicaid reimbursements to doctors by a total of 2 percent in 2010 and 2011 and dramatically reduced payments for patients who qualify for both Medicaid and Medicare, the health care program for senior citizens.

Poor Journalism. A misleading headline. Perry has no choice but to allow the mandate which is the cornerstone of socialization, as to turning down the Fed Funds for medicare - big deal. Perry has already shown all Texans and the nation that he couldn't pour water from a boot even if the instructions were printed on the heel.

Honor the President you Moron!

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