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Rick Perry’s camp defends 1993 HillaryCare praise
The Daily Caller ^ | 08/30/2011 | Alexis Levinson and Caroline May

Posted on 08/30/2011 11:14:19 AM PDT by martosko

Texas Governor Rick Perry has been among the most vocal critics of President Obama’s health care reform initiative, and of Mitt Romney’s preceding health care program in Massachusetts. But in 1993, while serving as Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Perry praised the efforts of then-first lady Hillary Clinton to reform health care, a precursor to Obama’s health care reform efforts.

In a letter to Clinton, who is now U.S. Secretary of State, Perry wrote: “I think your efforts in trying to reform the nation’s health care system are most commendable.”

“I would like to request that the task force give particular consideration to the needs of the nation’s farmers, ranchers, and agriculture workers, and other members of rural communities,” Perry continued, noting his administration’s focus on economic development for rural Texans. “Rural populations have a high proportion of uninsured people, rising health care costs, and often experience lack of services.”

“Again, your efforts are worthy,” Perry concluded, ”and I hope you will remember this constituency as the task force progresses.”

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: healthcare; hillarycare; hillaryclinton; massholian; obamacare; palinbots; perrycare; perrytards; rickperry; rinofreeamerica; texas; texican
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Original article includes a scan of Perry's 1993 letter.
1 posted on 08/30/2011 11:14:25 AM PDT by martosko
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To: martosko

How are Perry fanatics going to defend this?


2 posted on 08/30/2011 11:15:47 AM PDT by palinsupporter1
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To: martosko
Bachmann has never praised anything about Hillary.
3 posted on 08/30/2011 11:17:57 AM PDT by Kleon
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To: martosko
How dare you question the RINO cowboy!
4 posted on 08/30/2011 11:20:12 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Palin is coming, and the Tea Party is coming with her.)
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To: palinsupporter1

The same way Palin fanatics defend her from cutting and running from office?


5 posted on 08/30/2011 11:20:48 AM PDT by rjeffries
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To: palinsupporter1
This is the kind of thing that makes me skeptical of Perry. Some of his ideas sound pretty good, but when you go back and look at what he's done and some of his opinions, he starts looking like a RINO. He criticized the Arizona immigration laws. He voted for hate crime laws and he was a Democrat for a long time. It makes me wonder if he's just changed parties to increase his chances of being elected.

Obama campaigned as a moderate. He didn't revert to his liberal ways until after he was in office.

I would take Perry over Romney, but I wouldn't vote for either of them in the primary.

6 posted on 08/30/2011 11:21:35 AM PDT by mbynack (Retired USAF SMSgt)
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To: palinsupporter1

” How are Perry fanatics going to defend this? “

In 1993, health insurance was sky rocketing. Some of us long wished that it would be addressed by our side. Since it wasn’t, it was Hillary who dove off the cliff. That being said, what is wrong with the true and accurate statement Perry made about rural considerations?


7 posted on 08/30/2011 11:21:35 AM PDT by RitaOK (TEXAS. It's EXHIBIT A for Rick. Perry/Rubio '12)
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To: rjeffries
The same way Palin fanatics defend her from cutting and running from office?

How do they defend that?

8 posted on 08/30/2011 11:21:44 AM PDT by Kleon
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To: Al B.; onyx; Brices Crossroads; sarah fan UK; rintense; 2ndDivisionVet; SoConPubbie; ...

It figures PING!


9 posted on 08/30/2011 11:24:49 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: rjeffries

So funny how that’s the ONLY thing Palin haters have is the SAME LINE over and over and over and over and they choose to remain ignorant to the FACTS & reasons....with Perry, at least he supplies us w/new ways to dislike him for Pres. EVERY DAY. If this is what conservatives dig up about him, can you imagine what the liberals will dig up if he’s the nominee????? And believe me, they are sitting on the good stuff till the general.


10 posted on 08/30/2011 11:24:59 AM PDT by DrewsMum ("I abandoned free market principles to save the free market." -GWBush)
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To: rjeffries

If Palin did not resign the governorship, would you have supported her if she ran for president this year?

I am a Palin supporter, and frankly, putting aside the consideration of the merits of the arguments given justifiying her decision to resign, it just isn’t that big of a deal to me. I don’t think it’s really a big deal to many who are primarily concerned with stands on the issues and ability to execute.


11 posted on 08/30/2011 11:25:03 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (It's fun to play with your vision, but don't ever play with your eyes.-1970's PSA)
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To: palinsupporter1; martosko
How are Perry fanatics going to defend this?

Perry could turn the Alamo into an illegal alien medical clinic, and they'd defend it.

12 posted on 08/30/2011 11:25:28 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: palinsupporter1
How are Perry fanatics going to defend this?

The same way they always defend him.
1. Claim it is old news.
2. Ridicule anyone who disses their boy.

13 posted on 08/30/2011 11:26:54 AM PDT by Jess79
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To: palinsupporter1
How are Perry fanatics going to defend this?

Rest assurred, they'll defend it.

Shoot, they'll even defend "La Raza."

14 posted on 08/30/2011 11:27:54 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ('If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the opposite direction.')
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To: DrewsMum

I like Palin, but she can’t win. The Palinstinians needs to realize that her approval numbers with the majority of public have gone off a cliff and will never come back.


15 posted on 08/30/2011 11:28:19 AM PDT by rjeffries
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To: Jess79

They accuse anyone who blasphemes against St Rick of being a liar.


16 posted on 08/30/2011 11:28:59 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The GOP has been "moderated" into a coma.)
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To: mbynack

Of course he changed parties to raise his chances of getting elected.... he’s from Texas, duh....Dems don’t do well in TX....except liberal Austin, and inner cities.


17 posted on 08/30/2011 11:29:13 AM PDT by DrewsMum ("I abandoned free market principles to save the free market." -GWBush)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Re #11:

It’s going to be hard for Sarah Palin to execute anything if she can’t win any of the primaries.


18 posted on 08/30/2011 11:29:28 AM PDT by Artemis Webb (Perry 2012! A Conservative who can win!)
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To: martosko
Headline is a little misleading.

"HillaryCare" did not exist at the time Perry wrote his letter. It had been announced she was looking at the topic of healthcare reform, and he wanted to make sure she did not neglect rural Texans (which was sort of his job). Once it was clear what she was up to, Perry apparently hated it as much as the rest of us.

I think he can be criticized for believing it was even possible for Hillary to come up with meaningful reform, but I don't see how can be tagged with supporting the HillaryCare proposal that actually emerged because based upon what I have read, he clearly didn't.

19 posted on 08/30/2011 11:29:45 AM PDT by comebacknewt (Sheesh. Go away and stay away Newt.)
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To: mbynack

At the time and in the place that Perry was a democrat, there were no liberal democrats. At that time Texas was a conservative democrat place, liberals and Republicans came later. He may be imperfect (which candidate isn’t) but once being a Texas democrat is not something to hold against him.


20 posted on 08/30/2011 11:30:21 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: rjeffries

So, that means we should give up our conservative principals snd nominate a RINO? When have I heard that before? Oh yeah, the Establishmeent tells us that every election.


21 posted on 08/30/2011 11:30:26 AM PDT by Jess79
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To: palinsupporter1
My God, fanatics? You don't even post on anything unless it is about Sarah Palin. Obsess much?
22 posted on 08/30/2011 11:31:05 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Maxine Waters tells Tea Party to "go to hell" - no thanks, I have no desire to move to your district)
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To: DrewsMum

>>> So funny how that’s the ONLY thing Palin haters have is the SAME LINE over and over and over and over and they choose to remain ignorant to the FACTS & reasons.... <<<

Perry supporters don’t “hate Palin”. We are simply FOR Perry. Sarah is not a contender. The Perry bashing is based entirely on your problem, in that Sarah can’t win when squat from the bench. Perry supporters don’t have that problem, care less whether she runs, and the difference shows. In spades.


23 posted on 08/30/2011 11:32:28 AM PDT by RitaOK (TEXAS. It's EXHIBIT A for Rick. Perry/Rubio '12)
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To: Jess79

“While a bunch of politicians have gone to Washington, hat in hand, seeking a bailout, Governor Perry has said we should stimulate the economy with tax cuts and maintain spending discipline. Rick Perry is true to conservative principles even when others think the party needs to go a different direction. I like that about him: he doesn’t care which way the wind blows, he acts on his beliefs.” - Sarah Louise Palin


24 posted on 08/30/2011 11:32:49 AM PDT by rjeffries
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To: cripplecreek

I know. They’ve also started pre-emptively trying to silence dissent by openly ridiculing any potential opposing opinions in the first few posts of every Perry thread.


25 posted on 08/30/2011 11:33:18 AM PDT by Jess79
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To: RitaOK

So NOW, Perry supporting consertives are not only pro-amnesty but Pro-universal health care also. Nice, by the time all the truths about Perry come out, they’ll full fledged liberals from having to jump on board to defend all his liberal ideals. Ha!


26 posted on 08/30/2011 11:35:47 AM PDT by DrewsMum ("I abandoned free market principles to save the free market." -GWBush)
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To: DrewsMum

“While a bunch of politicians have gone to Washington, hat in hand, seeking a bailout, Governor Perry has said we should stimulate the economy with tax cuts and maintain spending discipline. Rick Perry is true to conservative principles even when others think the party needs to go a different direction. I like that about him: he doesn’t care which way the wind blows, he acts on his beliefs.” - Sarah Louise Palin


27 posted on 08/30/2011 11:36:15 AM PDT by rjeffries
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To: RitaOK

That’s funny, coming from you. You show up on every Palin thread to see how many digs you can get in. I’ve never seen you post a civil word about the woman.


28 posted on 08/30/2011 11:37:13 AM PDT by Jess79
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To: Jess79

I like how you glance over Sarah Palin’s comments about Rick Perry.


29 posted on 08/30/2011 11:38:20 AM PDT by rjeffries
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To: rjeffries

Clearly, Palin and I disagree on this point.


30 posted on 08/30/2011 11:39:00 AM PDT by Jess79
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To: Jess79

Wait wait wait..

Well I respect Sarah Palin and with her having to personally deal with Rick Perry at these governors conferences, she would know better than I.

I take Sarah Palin at her word that Rick Perry is a strong conservative. That’s good enough for me to support him for President.


31 posted on 08/30/2011 11:40:43 AM PDT by rjeffries
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To: Jess79

That is probably the first time you disagreed with anything about Sarah Palin.


32 posted on 08/30/2011 11:41:42 AM PDT by rjeffries
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To: rjeffries

Well, ok, let’s not have any elections then. Just let the polls decide. Yes, that makes sense. AND since WHEN do so many conservatives put so much stock into polls??? PLEASE. Has history taught you all NOTHING? Polls are liberal propaganda. PERIOD.


33 posted on 08/30/2011 11:41:49 AM PDT by DrewsMum ("I abandoned free market principles to save the free market." -GWBush)
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To: martosko
Let's see - this letter was written in April of 1993. The details of the HilaryCare plan were not revealed until the fall of 1993. Here we see the Agriculture Commissioner of Texas asking Hilary to take the needs of rural farmers and ranchers into consideration of any health reform plan she develops, a plan that was originally advertised as away to control costs, not impose national health care.

Wow, what a smoking gun! Obviously, Perry supports socialized health care! /sarcasm

34 posted on 08/30/2011 11:42:17 AM PDT by CA Conservative (Texan by birth, Californian by circumstance)
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To: DrewsMum

I like and respect Sarah Palin. She has told me that Rick Perry is a good strong conservative governor. Who else am I going to vote for?

Either you respect her opinion on this matter or you don’t.


35 posted on 08/30/2011 11:44:10 AM PDT by rjeffries
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To: DrewsMum

Your beaten horse is dead now. You have missed the realities of the health care crisis entirely, have no clue about the facts on the ground for sane border/immigration policy and generally find abhorrent anything approaching intellectual honesty. Sarah has NOT disagreed with Rick Perry on immigration, or actually anything else. She is likely to endorse him. And cheerfully. Who else is there?


36 posted on 08/30/2011 11:44:50 AM PDT by RitaOK (TEXAS. It's EXHIBIT A for Rick. Perry/Rubio '12)
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To: Kleon
Bachmann has never praised anything about Hillary.

You're right she hasn't. Bachman also hasn't got a chance of ousting the commie in our White House. I do believe Palin has praised Hillary.

37 posted on 08/30/2011 11:45:50 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: rjeffries
The same way Palin fanatics defend her from cutting and running from office?

Fanatics? Common sense is "fanatic?"


38 posted on 08/30/2011 11:47:54 AM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: RitaOK
In 1993, health insurance was sky rocketing. Some of us long wished that it would be addressed by our side.

O’Rly? You were for HillaryCare?

39 posted on 08/30/2011 11:47:54 AM PDT by McGruff (What's the matter, scared of a girl?)
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To: martosko

Perry = George “Liberal” Bush III


40 posted on 08/30/2011 11:48:05 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bailout)
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To: palinsupporter1
How are Perry fanatics going to defend this?

Well as someone who is not a Perry fanatic, but someone who reads the posts before commenting... I mean, the title of the article was "RICK PERRY's CAMP DEFENDS 1992 HILLARYCARE PRAISE".

From the article

“You need to read the letter,” top Perry political strategist Dave Carney told The Daily Caller. “He praised her efforts in trying to tackle the issue and urged her not to overlook rural Americans. The letter was at the onset of her efforts before she proposed anything. No one could have imagined the horrible monstrosity she cooked up, in fact not to be outdone until ObamaCare years later.”

41 posted on 08/30/2011 11:50:00 AM PDT by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: palinsupporter1
How are Perry fanatics going to defend this?

Pretty easily, actually. At the start of the process, before anything was proposed, Perry commended Hilary for trying to reform the healthcare situation, and asked her to remember the needs of rural farmers and ranchers. Now, if you can point to ANY evidence that he supported Hilarycare, the proposal that was presented to Congress in the fall of 1993, then you might have an argument. If not, then this is pathetic and desperate sniping by supporters of a bunch of also-rans.

42 posted on 08/30/2011 11:50:04 AM PDT by CA Conservative (Texan by birth, Californian by circumstance)
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To: Jess79

” You show up on every Palin thread to see how many digs you can get in.” <<

This is not a Palin thread. I simply have said, “she isn’t running” and criticised the delay mightily. That is hardly a dig. It’s a fact. I mean, has she announced and I missed it? No need for me to criticise her methodology. Now, few care actually. It just doesn’t matter.


43 posted on 08/30/2011 11:51:57 AM PDT by RitaOK (TEXAS. It's EXHIBIT A for Rick. Perry/Rubio '12)
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To: TLI

And Governor Perry thought Health Care Reform in 1993 before all the details were released.

Nowhere in that quote does it show he supported a big government health monstrosity like RomneyCare or ObamaCare.

There’s two sides to every story. Palinstinians should know that by now. They’ve caught more than their own share of B.S. Flack over the past few years, but now they are participating in the same exact game against Rick Perry.


44 posted on 08/30/2011 11:53:06 AM PDT by rjeffries
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

“The RINO Cowboy”—ha ha!


45 posted on 08/30/2011 11:55:38 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: RitaOK

Isn’t it funny how those who won’t support Sarah because she “can’t win” continue to clamor for her endorsement? If your boy is so great, he shouldn’t need her endorsement, should he? Frankly, if her endorsement is that powerful, I don’t know why she wouldn’t run.


46 posted on 08/30/2011 11:55:38 AM PDT by Jess79
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To: palinsupporter1

Seriously? The letter praises nothing about “Hillarycare”. Perry simply praises a task forces “efforts” into investigating issues and then goes on to suggest other areas that should be focused on.

Everytime one of these things pops up, I have to read the article for myself since I know the reading comprehension crew will have fail to grasp the full meaning of what was written.


47 posted on 08/30/2011 11:56:10 AM PDT by Wright Wing
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To: mbynack

You might want to go back and read the entire letter. It was before anything was known about hillarycare and he was making a pitch for rural farmers.


48 posted on 08/30/2011 11:56:55 AM PDT by richardtavor (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem)
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To: RitaOK

You’re right, this is not a Palin thread, but I frequent a lot of them. You always show up sooner or later to spew your talking points.


49 posted on 08/30/2011 11:57:49 AM PDT by Jess79
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To: mbynack

I’ve actually got more respect for a principled RINO than for an opportunist RINO posing as a conservative for personal ambition.


50 posted on 08/30/2011 11:59:22 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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