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Texas to administration: Never mind your threats, we’re cutting Medicaid to abortion providers
Hotair ^ | 02/24/2012 | Tina Korbe

Posted on 02/24/2012 5:11:07 PM PST by SeekAndFind

At CPAC, Texas Gov. Rick Perry quipped, “I haven’t left the fight; I just went home, reloaded my Mag and am fighting on a different front.” Clearly, he wasn’t kidding. Texas today cut Medicaid funding to abortion providers — even though the administration threatened to cut the state’s funding if it did so. The Daily Caller reports:

On Thursday, Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Thomas Suehs signed a rule at the behest of lawmakers and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott that will formally ban Planned Parenthood affiliates and other abortion providers from participating in Texas’ Women’s Health Program.

The administration had threatened to revoke federal funding from the state-federal Medicaid program if Texas went through with the ban.

“The Obama administration is trying to force Texas to violate our own state laws or they will end a program that provides preventative health care to more than 100,000 Texas women,” said Allison Castle, a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Perry told The Texas Tribune. “This boils down to the rule of law — which the state of Texas respects and the Obama administration does not.”

The ball is back in the administration’s court now: Does Obama want to actually cut funding and potentially jeopardize the Texas Women’s Health program, which might not be able to survive without federal funding? That sends the message that Obama cares less that women have access to health care than that they receive health care from certain providers — namely, providers that also offer abortions.

Either Rick Perry just called Obama’s bluff or this is about to be an interesting issue. Planned Parenthood has already retorted with its typical demagoguery: “No one’s politics should interfere with a woman’s access to health care,” Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast President and CEO Peter J. Durkin said in a statement. “It is shameful that Governor Perry and Commissioner Suehs continue to politicize lifesaving breast cancer screenings and birth control access for low-income women.”

Would Planned Parenthood stand by that statement as it applies to President Obama, too? Surely other providers in the Texas Women’s Health Exchange provide breast cancer screenings and birth control access. Eliminating abortion providers from the exchange doesn’t jeopardize women’s health access — but eliminating the exchange altogether would. It’s obvious why Planned Parenthood would care more about which organization women turn to — they’ve got a business to run. Why don’t they just admit that and stop the rhetoric about “women’s health”?


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 10thamendment; abortion; medicaid; moralabsolutes; statesrights; texas
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To: onyx

And related to this I believe, the Planned Parenthood Agency is closing in my city because of “lack of funding”!

WOOOO-freakin’-Hooooo! :)


41 posted on 02/24/2012 6:48:14 PM PST by LUV W (This space reserved for a hero............my AF son........)
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To: SeekAndFind

Like all other Texas politicians, Gov. Perry kowtows to the open border hispanic lobby. That’s too bad for he would make good President. But that is too much to ask, I can’t over look that. Ever.


42 posted on 02/24/2012 6:50:57 PM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: LUV W

Texas is truly God blessed!


43 posted on 02/24/2012 6:51:48 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: central_va

Yep - you one-issue voters are definitely going to take the fight to zero and win.


44 posted on 02/24/2012 6:54:10 PM PST by txhurl
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To: txhurl
Yep - you one-issue voters are definitely going to take the fight to zero and win.

Abetting the USA being overrun by third world socialists is a small issue. True. Heartless.

45 posted on 02/24/2012 6:56:53 PM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: shield; Cincinatus' Wife; smoothsailing; ntnychik; dixiechick2000; SeekAndFind

Too bad Governor Perry didn’t receive more support when he needed it. He’s one of the few who doesn’t just “talk the talk”, HE “walks the walk”!


46 posted on 02/24/2012 6:56:53 PM PST by potlatch
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To: Persevero
Not so much as the feds are dependent on us.
Your very birthright is being stolen by Imperial trash in DC. Encourage Perry to stand firm. Email him,call his office and express your support.
Unlike most politicos,Perry is still an old "dirt farming Aggie". Instead of damning him for it,we need to be supporting him because of it.

The frog is about cooked. Are you gonna leave this mess for your children?

47 posted on 02/24/2012 6:58:10 PM PST by TexasSecede79366 (Soap box,jury box,ballot box,bullet box. Where are we now?)
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To: STARWISE

YEAH!!!!!


48 posted on 02/24/2012 6:59:00 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (NEWT in 2012)
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To: central_va
Gotta have at least one in every thread. Here's a clue,chief.

You don't know jack sh$t about Texas. Don't ever stop here except for gas to get your butt on down the road.

49 posted on 02/24/2012 7:04:34 PM PST by TexasSecede79366 (Soap box,jury box,ballot box,bullet box. Where are we now?)
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To: TexasSecede79366

Bump that.


50 posted on 02/24/2012 7:09:33 PM PST by txhurl
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To: TexasSecede79366
Your pass thru state needs to get a clue. Those illegals end up all over the USA. Build a wall/moat/fence. I guess you think those Mexicans do the jobs "Americans won't do". Perry. the ex- democrat, is an ok guy. But the la Raza thing sealed his fate.

I lived in Hays County for 9 years. Really liked it in Texas but the kowtowing to Mexicans has to stop. Heartless.

51 posted on 02/24/2012 7:09:59 PM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

How ‘bout you worry about getting Newt elected, where Arpaio will be deployed over immigration instead of bitching the whole day?


52 posted on 02/24/2012 7:15:56 PM PST by txhurl
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To: txhurl
the same Rick Perry that a plurality of FReepers saw as completely unqualified and unfit to take on zero and Preside over the US.

I like Rick, but unfortunately he - yes - stepped all over his foreskin waaay too many times. It became painfully obviously that he's not ready for Prime Time.

53 posted on 02/24/2012 7:16:45 PM PST by ErnBatavia (Carterize Obama in November)
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To: txhurl
Look Gov Perry is a good guy. But be objective, the real reason he didn't gain traction wasn't because of his debating style or demeanor like the MSM wants you to believe. It was because of the picture of him giving a speech at a La Raza conference.

This was what sealed his fate. Sorry to have to tell you this. I love Texas, but get real.

54 posted on 02/24/2012 7:23:23 PM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va
Build a fence around your own state moron. So you hung out with all the other hippies in San Marcos,big deal.

Don't like illegals in your neighborhood? Fix it!

Don't try to lecture me dufus.

55 posted on 02/24/2012 7:28:16 PM PST by TexasSecede79366 (Soap box,jury box,ballot box,bullet box. Where are we now?)
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To: TexasSecede79366
Don't try to lecture me dufus.

Ok, I get it it. You are too emotional to see reality. Have a Shiner Bock on me and take a chill pill.

56 posted on 02/24/2012 7:31:13 PM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: TexasSecede79366
Don't try to lecture me dufus.

Ok, I get it it. You are too emotional to see reality. Have a Shiner Bock on me and take a chill pill.

57 posted on 02/24/2012 7:31:21 PM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: TexasSecede79366; magritte; altura

Lots of people are very, very afraid of Perry being VP. Wonder why? Do they have an ox they fear will be gored? They use immigration like it’s the most important problem we face.

They clearly aren’t conservative, or they wouldn’t be bashing Perry with this Medicaid victory. They have other motives.


58 posted on 02/24/2012 7:33:38 PM PST by txhurl
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To: txhurl
They use immigration like it’s the most important problem we face.

Just what issue is more important then a country losing its national identity to a foreign invasion?

59 posted on 02/24/2012 7:36:39 PM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

You tell me? Is anyone campaigning with immigration as an issue, let alone the top issue?

No? Then it seems you are the only obsessive-compulsive tunnel-visioned bite-off-your-nose-to-spite-your-face shrieking all day.


60 posted on 02/24/2012 7:40:43 PM PST by txhurl
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