Texas governor Rick Perry has a brilliant plan to reverse his state’s dismal insurance ranking: refuse to implement the Affordable Care Act:
TPM– After informing the Obama administration of his intentions in a letter, Perry went on Fox News to explain his position. “If anyone had any doubt, we wanted to put it clearly to bed that Texas wasn’t going to be a part of expanding socializing of our medicine,” he said. “So we’re not going to participate in any exchanges. We’re not going to expand Medicaid.
”One in four Texans are uninsured, the highest rate of any state. The Medicaid expansion would cover 49.4 percent of uninsured Texans by 2019, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The program is broadened to cover Americans within 133 percent of the poverty line — currently the eligibility for a working Texan parent cuts off at 27 percent. The federal government will cover the full cost of the first three years and pay 90 percent thereafter.
It’s pure grandstanding. Perry, or who ever is in office when the ACA kicks in, will find some excuse to accept the money that comes with it. Otherwise, local businesses will be out millions and millions of dollars, leaving local companies incredibly pissed off at the powers that be. Yeah Rick, that’s a brilliant move, you’ll sure show em!