Shitkicker Rick Perry decried the stimulus while using stimulus funds to plug his budget holes. Now he’s going to decry Obamacare while using Obamacare to plug his budget holes.
Eight days after the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate and ruled that the federal government cannot penalize states that refuse to expand Medicaid, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) announced that he would not open the program to more applicants. But while he was making a public show of turning down federal funds, Perry was using the additional dollars in state budget projections.
In a letter explaining how he would fill a budget gap left by Texas’ decision to defund Planned Parenthood, Perry’s office uses the money the federal government will pay states that make Medicaid available to individuals up to 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Line in its budgetary assumptions.
In case you don’t follow — Texas was denied federal matching funds for the Women’s Health Program after singling out and defunding Planned Parenthood. To make up for the loss, Perry will use money set aside by Obamacare to expand Medicaid to cover it.
By extension, this would be an admission that Texas plans to expand Medicaid coverage after all, although I’m sure any official confirmation of that will have to wait until after the election.
Rick Perry is really stickin’ it to The Man.