Rick Perry Becomes Sixth Governor to Reject Two ObamaCare Provisions

By:  Michael Tennant
Rick Perry Becomes Sixth Governor to Reject Two ObamaCare Provisions

On Monday Texas Gov. Rick Perry became the sixth Governor to refuse to implement ObamaCare's state exchanges or Medicaid expansion.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has announced that the Lone Star State will not participate in two ObamaCare programs: The expansion of Medicaid to cover more individuals and the creation of a state insurance exchange. “Both represent brazen intrusions into the sovereignty of our state,” Perry declared in a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Texas has thus become the sixth state — after Florida, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Mississippi, and Louisiana — to opt out of these two provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). All of these states are headed by Republican Governors.

“Neither a ‘state’ exchange nor the expansion of Medicaid under the Orwellian-named PPACA would result in better ‘patient protection’ or in more ‘affordable care,’” Perry wrote. “What they would do is make Texas a mere appendage of the federal government when it comes to health care.”

The PPACA requires states to establish insurance exchanges on which individuals who do not have employer-sponsored health insurance can shop for the plan that best meets their needs at a price they can afford. If a state fails to establish an exchange, the federal government will do so.

Southern Methodist University law professor Tom Mayo questioned Perry’s decision to forego setting up an exchange, telling KXAS-TV that Perry is therefore “inviting the federal government to come in and do it for us.”

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Photo of Texas Governor Rick Perry: AP Images

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