Perry Wants to Keep Texans Sick and Hopeless

Yesterday, Rick Perry announced that Texas would remain the worst state in the union for healthcare by withdrawing from the Medicaid expansion and insurance exchange.

Texas was recently ranked worst in the country for health care delivery by the federal Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, scoring “weak” or “very weak” in nine of 12 categories. Perry’s office discounted the study as overly broad, and has argued that Texans’ real problem is personal health choices, not lack of health insurance.

More than 25 percent of Texans – 6,234,900 people – are uninsured, the highest rate in the nation. After five years of health reform, Texas would be able to insure 1,798,314 more Americans under the Medicaid expansion alone – more than any state in the nation. Setting up a state health insurance exchange would enable the remaining millions of uninsured Texans to purchase affordable health insurance. Thus, despite Perry’s claims, implementing the law would result in better patient protection and greater access to coverage.

Of course, according to the law, if a state refuses to set up an exchange, the feds will do it for them, so this is just an idle bit of a petulant tantrum from Perry. And much like the stimulus money that helped Perry balance the Texas budget, I’m sure Perry will take credit for any improvement in the state’s healthcare system caused by the ACA.

Adding… Sarah Kliff wrote an informative piece about the history of right-wing states that refused to participate in healthcare expansions.

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  • http://twitter.com/Zirgar Zirgar

    New Texas State Slogan: Texas – Where We Love Our Citizens To Death. Literally (Did We Spell That Right?)!

    • Victor_the_Crab

      Which is why they love the death penalty.

  • bphoon

    It’s hard to escape the irony (and mind boggling that the wingers totally miss it) that those states that claim to most strongly espouse “small government”, “personal responsibility” and “state’s rights” will be the ones who have health insurance exchanges run by the federal government after squandering the opportunity to set up one themselves.

    I’m sure this will be yet another example of a tyrannical government taking our freedoms and shoving Socialism down our throats.

    • http://drangedinaz.wordpress.com/ IrishGrrrl

      That’s exactly what they are doing….setting up the Fed Govt as the bogeyman here.

      • Staci Bass

        And once the federal government conforms to the law as written and takes over getting the exchanges up and running, there will be a full out warfare on the government taking over state’s rights and the wingnut Texas citizens will be up in arms (even as they take advantage of the changes).

      • Victor_the_Crab

        That’s why the right wingnuts never went after Osama Bin Laden. As long as he was alive, they used him as a boogeyman to keep people scared into going along with their War on Terror.

  • Ned F

    Hard to believe that President Johnson, creator of the “Great Society” was from Texas, and loved in that state.

    • Victor_the_Crab

      Today, LBJ wouldn’t have been elected dog catcher down there.

  • Draxiar

    Man I’m glad to be living in Massachusetts…

    • agrazingmoose

      Same here.

  • Victor_the_Crab

    I stated this yesterday, but it bears repeating:

    “Let ‘em eat pink slime” sez Governor Ooops.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Norris/1597765442 Michael Norris

    For all the nonsensical and idiotic bloviating by Perry and the other Republican governor gasbags, this kind of blustering is a nonstarter and they know it. First of all, even if they don’t do the work themselves, the feds are going to set up exchanges–plain and simple–it’s in the law. And secondly, how long does governor douche-nozzle believe that a hospital as big as Parkland in Dallas–and many others like it–are just going to sit there and let Medicaid money just dry up and blow away? The ACA is the best thing that has happened to health insurance companies, hospitals, and hospice care centers in a hundred years. And shitbags like Rick Scott (especially that shitbag), Bobby Jindal, and Rick Perry know it. CEO’s of major hospitals and care centers are not just going to sit around and continue providing free medical care while some elected douche bag refuses to take money that is righfully theirs. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.