Skip to comments.When Rick Perry Praised HillaryCare (1993)
Posted on 09/03/2011 4:15:57 PM PDT by Tempest
So what does a complete review of Perry's record reveal? As it turns out, he sent a letter during his tenure as Texas Agricultural Commissioner that praised Hillary Clinton's 1993 health care reform efforts. "I think your efforts in trying to reform the nation's health care system are most commendable," he wrote. "I would like to request that the task force give particular consideration to the needs of the nation's farmers... Rural populations have a high proportion of uninsured people, rising health care costs, and often experience lack of services." He concluded by noting, "your efforts are worthy, and I hope you will remember this constituency as the task force progresses. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance."
Dan Amira at New York magazine dismisses the story and mocks the Daily Caller for publishing it. "He didn't even say anything about the substance of Clinton's health-care reform plan," Amira writes, "just that it was 'commendable' to try to reform the system in some way, which is hardly controversial."
Clinton's efforts were widely criticized by Republicans at the time, and the substance of her reforms obviously constituted a substantial federal intervention into health care, the very thing Perry now claims is obviously unconstitutional and ruinous to liberty. (And yes, Clinton's plan did call for both an employer mandate to provide health care and an individual mandate to be covered.)
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Don't be stupid. Do you really think that then-Commissioner Perry's letter would have been forwarded from the mailroom to anything other than the circular file if he'd been rude or offensive? Are you going to poke a stick into the face of the 800-pound gorilla who's staring at you, or are you going to be polite?
I simply said that Hillary's closed door approach as was apparent on April 6 1993 was NOT a "commendable" approach".
The statement is true.
Deal with it dumbass.
Which part of the letter endorsed Hillarycare?
"Do you really think that then-Commissioner Perry's letter would have been forwarded from the mailroom to anything other than the circular file if he'd been rude or offensive?"Of course they do . . . (not really, but they won't admit that their attack is unreasonable and unjustifiable). When you hate someone, you are unlikely ever to see reason or truth.
He’s George Bush without the blue-blood.
This (democrat)needs to return to his beloved Texas. asap
If you were in Perry’s place in 1993, what would you have done differently?
Ignored the possibility that her efforts might be effective and you’re people are left out?
Been insulting by telling her what a commie socialist bitch she was?
Or asked her about cattle futures?
"Commendable" and "worthy" indicate endorsement.
But what else would one expect from a RINO who worked with Gore?
The "efforts" were secretive. That's what we knew about the Clinton "effort" on April 6 1993.
Secret efforts by left-wing ideologues to reform health care aren't commendable. Most of us knew that at that time.
Who wants to be associated with an openly and unappologetcally dishonest person?
My support for Palin predated her national exposure from McCaine, but if her supporters feel the need to lie, cheat, and steal, then how can I possibly want to work with them?
In case you are, Perry is clearly stating that the general effort to reform healthcare was commendable. In other words, it was a good idea to try to fix a system that everyone admits has flaws.
He neither endorsed her approach to the problem nor the end product that she ultimately presented.
If Perry had come out and said he thought national healthcare was a great idea and he was thrilled Hillary was moving in that direction, then I would be right there with you in my outrage.
But, he didn't. Not then. Not now. Not ever.
There literally is no story here. None.
Minnestoans have no business criticizing ANY other politicians. None.
Look at your history; look at your present.
Clean up your own mess first.
No. Perry specifically called Hillary's efforts commendable.
If you want to be serious you should get your facts right.
Wow, well, I will answer this one, as I have recently observed that it is very important chose words carefully...
Before you reply, I am not a Perry-hater...I am seeking information as he is a new entry into the field and I am not from TX or the South. Some have said he was opposed to Hillarycare and has been on the record as opposing National Health care efforts; well as he is a conservative, I would hope so, but I need to read those too and this is the only piece I have seen on his stand on health care, so I replied...
Perhaps “endorse” is too strong a word, but I don’t like the letter...what statements do I think come close to “endorsing Hillarycare”
1. “I think your efforts to reform...are most commendable”
2. I would like task force to give particular consideration to needs of farmers, ranchers, etc/
3. “...Your efforts are worthy...please don’t hesitate to contact me”
These statements certainly don’t condemn it and would not be contained in a letter I would have sent Hillary. I would not have been so positive and accommodating...I would not have been rude, but I would have expressed major concern...Had I been writing the letter, I might have noted that there are more efficient free-market private sector avenues for health care reform.
As I said, I am learning about all the candidates...Nov. 2012 is still a long way away
Thank you for the polite reply...
Well, if you repeat an underhanded lie often enough.... How Obama-esque.
Kevin Curry, is that you?
Clarify your post for me. Are you accusing Gov. Perry of being a homosexual?
Really who else have I come out against?
Palin 2012 or bust!
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