They’re hardly unique among “red” states, but Rick Perry announced this week they would forego over $100 billion in Federal funding for Medicaid expansion part of the implementation of ObamaCare. Perry’s explanation…that he will not be “held hostage” by Obama.
Medicaid expansion in Texas would provide health coverage for an additional 1 million Texans. With Federal funding providing $100 billion over 10 years, Texas’ cost? Just $7 billion over 10 years, a small fraction of the total. Despite providing DESPERATELY needed coverage for folks in a state where health care coverage is already a major issue, despite the Federal government picking up nearly all of the tab, and despite HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS IN TEXAS DESPERATELY PLEADING FOR PERRY TO TAKE THE MONEY, Perry still said no.
Ideology, or the welfare of Americans? It’s pretty damned obvious which one of these two that Republicans think is more important. Perry, like other ideologically driven Republicans, seem more interested in doing anything they can to oppose Obama than they are in actually governing or helping Americans.
The story on NPR provided speculation that an additional factor in Perry’s cold-hearted decision was another possible presidential run in 2016. By declining the Federal dollars for Medicaid expansion, Perry can now say “I opposed Obamacare!”, something which may indeed garner him a few votes among the Tea Party
losers crowd. Given Perry’s completely laughable performance in the last election, he’s deluded if he thinks he has ANY chance of winning a Republican primary, much less the presidency.
America has already done 8 years of “Texas Stupid”. Perry’s decision this week shows that Texas Stupid is still alive and well however. I would say I feel sorry for Texans who have to deal with this idiot, but it’s idiot Texans who voted in this schmuck in the first place.