Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Perry under pressure to accept Obamacare
FT ^ | 3/31/13 | Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington

Posted on 03/31/2013 4:24:46 PM PDT by Nachum

High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/564bdba2-99f3-11e2-83ca-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz2PA9gX3iV

Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, is facing pressure from fellow Republicans to drop his opposition to accepting billions of dollars in federal funds under the “Obamacare” reforms and extend health insurance to 1.5m of the state’s poorest citizens.

Mr Perry, a failed presidential candidate who has not ruled out running again in 2016, is on Monday expected to defend his decision to opt-out of a broad expansion of Medicaid, the government healthcare programme for the poor.

High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/564bdba2-99f3-11e2-83ca-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz2PA9jhhdm

But that position is being challenged not only by public interest groups and the hospital industry, but by some Republicans in the state legislature. These lawmakers want to begin negotiations with the Obama administration to expand and privatise Medicaid in a way that could be acceptable to both conservatives and the US president.

According to an analysis by the state’s former budget estimator, expanding Medicaid would cost Texas $15bn over 10 years, but would open the door to $100bn in new federal funds over that period.

(Excerpt) Read more at ft.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: accept; obamacare; perry; pressure; rickperry; texas
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-55 next last
Hold firm.
1 posted on 03/31/2013 4:24:46 PM PDT by Nachum
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, Ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


2 posted on 03/31/2013 4:25:09 PM PDT by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Nachum
Mr Perry,

Mr. Perry??? You gotta be kiding me...

3 posted on 03/31/2013 4:27:46 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Nachum
Mr Perry, a failed presidential candidate

I believe he is also a very successful Governor of a large state. But, hey, let's not get in the way of liberal editorializing in what is, supposedly, a news story.

4 posted on 03/31/2013 4:36:42 PM PDT by LibertarianLiz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Nachum
...is facing pressure from fellow Republicans to drop his opposition to accepting billions of dollars in federal funds under the “Obamacare”...

"Federal funds" is commie 'RAT newspeak for STOLEN TAXPAYER DOLLARS.

5 posted on 03/31/2013 4:39:47 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Barry gave the Republicans a free lunch. All the taxpayers got was a lousy tax increase.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LibertarianLiz

Doesn’t that “failed candidate” stuff gall you? Do they refer to AlGore that way? Do we hear “John Kerry, failed candidate and Secretary of State”?


6 posted on 03/31/2013 4:41:28 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you've likely misread the situation.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Nachum

I betcha $20 he caves. Easiest money is always against those with -R after their names.


7 posted on 03/31/2013 4:41:45 PM PDT by KingLudd
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Nachum
Mr Perry, a failed presidential candidate

No doubt FT similarly reminds their readers that Hillary, Kerry, Biden and Gore are also members of the failed presidential candidates club.

8 posted on 03/31/2013 4:43:41 PM PDT by AHerald ("Do not fear, only believe." - Mark 5:36)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Nachum
Poor Perry isn't even allowed to secure his own borders, so he's forced to offer in-state tuition for illegals.

Now he's facing pressure from his fellow Republicans to drop his opposition to accepting billions of dollars in federal funds under the “Obamacare” reforms and extend health insurance to 1.5m of the state’s poorest citizens.

Darn Republicans... It's a shame the governor is just a powerless bystander.

It's just heartless....

9 posted on 03/31/2013 4:44:19 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Nachum
Mr Perry, a failed presidential candidate who has not ruled out running again in 2016,

... may face Hillary Clinton (another failed candidate) in a possible 2016 matchup.

10 posted on 03/31/2013 4:54:00 PM PDT by plain talk
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Nachum

For those of us who do not wish to sign up and either publish articles or ante up $ every month, could you please just summarize any other important info from this article.

I would be most interested in seeing the names of these “Republicans” that are pressuring him and does this article come from a credible source.


11 posted on 03/31/2013 4:56:05 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Nachum
This should be the issue we find out who is right about him, his critics or his supporters.

I'd like to believe his supporters are, as it would help to explain the exodus to Texas. Might need a place to go myself.

12 posted on 03/31/2013 5:03:40 PM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Nachum
It isn't Rick that little bammy needs to be concerned with.

It's this guy that is going to give little bammy trouble...

.

13 posted on 03/31/2013 5:12:48 PM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Grams A; Nachum
For those of us who do not wish to sign up and either publish articles or ante up $ every month, could you please just summarize any other important info from this article.
I would be most interested in seeing the names of these “Republicans” that are pressuring him and does this article come from a credible source.

My request, exactly. Thanks, Grams!

14 posted on 03/31/2013 5:17:03 PM PDT by Jane Long (Background checks? Dandy idea, Mr. President. Shoulda started with yours. - Sarah Palin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: dragnet2
It's a shame the governor is just a powerless bystander.

Well, actually, in Texas politics, the governor sets the agenda and doesn't do much other than that. There are other powerful positions in state government that can block the governor's agenda if it doesn't suit them.

Not that I'm a great Gov. Perry fan.

15 posted on 03/31/2013 5:30:32 PM PDT by Stegall Tx (Part time and enjoying it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Nachum

Financial Times, Economist , Daily Mail, Guardian, all UK lefty publications don’t let em rattle you


16 posted on 03/31/2013 5:33:49 PM PDT by mosesdapoet ("It's a sin to tell a lie", in telling others that , got me my nickname .Ex Chi" mechanic"ret)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Grams A
I found this from Drudge's link (no payment required ;)...

John Zerwas, Texas State rep, is who's "pressuring" Perry.

Ted Cruz is still against any Medicaid expansion.

17 posted on 03/31/2013 5:40:31 PM PDT by Jane Long (Background checks? Dandy idea, Mr. President. Shoulda started with yours. - Sarah Palin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Nachum

“.......But that position is being challenged not only by public interest groups and the hospital industry.....”

Self serving industries! What a surprise!

“According to an analysis by the state’s former budget estimator, expanding Medicaid would cost Texas $15bn over 10 years, but would open the door to $100bn in new federal funds over that period.”

Whadda bunch of bullshit! IS THAT $100BN in the bank? YOU Really trust OBAMA!? It’s lucy and the football with that bastard.

Stick with what you are doing Governor Perry. Don’t give the self serving SOB’s an inch.

HAPPY EASTER!


18 posted on 03/31/2013 5:45:58 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TLI

Greg Abbott is nothing more than a kiss ass. He will say anything and do anything to get elected. I don’t know where you got that Don’t Tread pict, but it’s total fabrication. Abbott hates the Tea Party. He lost to Cruz.


19 posted on 03/31/2013 5:59:42 PM PDT by quegley (Pitchforks and torches! Tar and feathers! Time to take the country back!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Stegall Tx

He has veto power.


20 posted on 03/31/2013 6:00:33 PM PDT by quegley (Pitchforks and torches! Tar and feathers! Time to take the country back!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: NonValueAdded

No, because it’s typical of a pea brain who can’t think or write. In other words is stupid and have to be told what to do.


21 posted on 03/31/2013 6:31:37 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: quegley
Abbott hates the Tea Party. He lost to Cruz.

Are you, perhaps, confusing Att. Gen Abbott with Lt. Gov. Dewhurst?

22 posted on 03/31/2013 6:35:53 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: quegley

Wow. I suspect you need either to sober up and/or get your facts straight.

Apparently, you are unable to distinguish between David Dewhurst and Greg Abbott?

DEWHURST lost to Cruz, not Abbott!

Dewhurst will likely say/do anything to get elected.

Abbott has a spine of steel (even if he is confined to a wheelchair).

I have heard both of them talk live and in person and have also met Abbott.

Please do not confuse our non-Texas readers by saying bad things about Abbott.

I am very pleased that Cruz defeated Dewhurst — as are most conservative Texans.

Abbott is as good a man as I have ever encountered in public office.


23 posted on 03/31/2013 7:11:05 PM PDT by man_in_tx (Islam is a Hate Crime. (Blowback: Faithfully farting towards Mecca five times daily!))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Nachum

Don’t give in!


24 posted on 03/31/2013 7:32:06 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (Whitey, I miss you so much. Take care, pretty girl. (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Nachum

Pat Dollard also referencing this article:
http://patdollard.com/2013/03/rino-republicans-pressuring-rick-perry-to-accept-obamacare/


25 posted on 03/31/2013 7:38:49 PM PDT by man_in_tx (Islam is a Hate Crime. (Blowback: Faithfully farting towards Mecca five times daily!))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Nachum

Gov Perry contact info:

http://governor.state.tx.us/contact/
(Can be used to send an email message voicing your opinion.)

Telephone

Information and Referral Hotline [for Texas callers] :
(800) 843-5789
Information and Referral and Opinion Hotline [for Austin, Texas and out-of-state callers] :
(512) 463-1782
Office of the Governor Main Switchboard [office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST] :
(512) 463-2000
Citizen’s Assistance Telecommunications Device
If you are using a telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD),
call 711 to reach Relay Texas

Mailing Address

Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428


26 posted on 03/31/2013 7:42:32 PM PDT by man_in_tx (Islam is a Hate Crime. (Blowback: Faithfully farting towards Mecca five times daily!))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Jane Long; Nachum

Well, if this isn’t a kettle of fish. Did some checking on the net. Zerwas has a rather strange shaped district, much of which is in Fort Bend County although his district does include a small area of Houston. Significant Hispanic and Black population in places like Four Corners, Mission Bend and Rosenberg.

He also serves on the Human Services Committee which is chaired by Raymond Pena Richard, a Democrat from Laredo who was reappointed to this position by our RINO-3 friend Strauss. Human Services Committee works with Texas HHSC which currently has a $16 BILLION budget and 9300 employees.

Looks like it’s time to rally the troops and start a fax and phone marathon to Mr. Zerwas.


27 posted on 03/31/2013 7:51:40 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Nachum

My message to Gov Perry:

Governor Perry:

I wish to thank you for your opposition to accepting Washington’s offered “$Billions” to expand Obamacare to Texans.

Several Republican Governors (Kasich of Ohio, etc) have already caved to pressure on this issue.

I am asking you to stand strong alongside such brave governors as Scott Walker, of Wisconsin, and resist this form of Federal “bribery.”

I also ask you to resist the arguments of RINO TX State Rep John Zerwas to cave.

If Zerwas’s proposal to “deal” with the Obama Administration regarding this matter passes in the State Legislature, I ask you promptly to veto it.

Putting it another way: I see no reason ever to vote for any politician — for any office — who would compromise his principles on something this important.

Please stand strong: Principle counts — far more than being “popular.”

Thank you.

Very respectfully,

. . . .


28 posted on 03/31/2013 7:54:04 PM PDT by man_in_tx (Islam is a Hate Crime. (Blowback: Faithfully farting towards Mecca five times daily!))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: quegley
I believe you are confusing Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott with Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst. Mr. Abbott's record is pretty spotless from the Conservative point of view.
29 posted on 03/31/2013 7:58:22 PM PDT by AuthentiConservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Nachum

“pressure from fellow Republicans”

What’s the point? Why bother having a Republican party? There is no difference from Dems apart from their rhetoric.


30 posted on 03/31/2013 8:12:12 PM PDT by Ray76 (Do you reject Obama? And all his works? And all his empty promises?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: quegley; Nachum

Abbott hates the Tea Party. He lost to Cruz.”

I would hope you are not from Texas. Abbott is an awesome Attorney General. Dewhurst lost to Cruz.


31 posted on 03/31/2013 8:13:33 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Grams A

Maybe Joe Straus posts as “quegly” when he has been drinking? /sarc


32 posted on 03/31/2013 8:25:40 PM PDT by man_in_tx (Islam is a Hate Crime. (Blowback: Faithfully farting towards Mecca five times daily!))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: Grams A

Great research..... Thank you.


33 posted on 03/31/2013 8:26:16 PM PDT by man_in_tx (Islam is a Hate Crime. (Blowback: Faithfully farting towards Mecca five times daily!))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: Grams A

You beat me to the question.

Who are these Tx Repubs? I’m not gonna sign up to find out.


34 posted on 03/31/2013 8:35:14 PM PDT by berdie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: quegley

Greg Abbott is nothing more than a kiss ass. He will say anything and do anything to get elected. I don’t know where you got that Don’t Tread pict, but it’s total fabrication. Abbott hates the Tea Party. He lost to Cruz.
*****************************
Ummm.... I believe you’re thinking of Dewhurst.

Abbott is the TX AG and has done a great job in fighting for Conservative values and States’ Rights.


35 posted on 03/31/2013 8:41:45 PM PDT by octex
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: dragnet2

I seldom check where fellow freepers are from...but your home page says CALIFORNIA!!

That made me laugh out loud.

Maybe worrying about Texas and Gov Perry shouldn’t be your first concern.

So, tell me..how is Moonbeam workin’ out for ya? :)


36 posted on 03/31/2013 8:45:53 PM PDT by berdie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: berdie
I seldom check where fellow freepers are from...but your home page says CALIFORNIA!!

It does?

Shazammm!

37 posted on 03/31/2013 8:49:51 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: man_in_tx; Jane Long

You’re welcome. But kudos need to go to Jane - she was the one who started all of this by giving me a name.

I’m live in an area adjacent to Sugar Land but I’ve never heard of Zerwas nor do I recall seeing any of his election signs during my frequent trips over there during election time. Just too many people running for too many positions all at once and I thought election in Texas would never be finished last year.

Thought maybe Strauss would have somebody running against him this term for head honcho but no such luck.


38 posted on 03/31/2013 9:41:55 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: berdie; Jane Long

Might want to look at my response to Jane who gave me a name to run down. Don’t know if there are others involved yet or not. Should know more in next day or two. But the real push is coming from the Democrats in border towns.

Texas is going to be so SOL if that amnesty goes through that more money for free healthcare may not be the number one issue because there won’t be money for anything.


39 posted on 03/31/2013 9:44:52 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: LibertarianLiz
I believe he is also a very successful Governor of a large state.

How successful could he be? He failed to get the "Trans Texas Corridor" built, after he already promised the job to France.

If you don't know what the TTC was, look it up and report back how conservative that was.

40 posted on 04/01/2013 12:31:47 AM PDT by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Grams A

bump.


41 posted on 04/01/2013 1:01:43 AM PDT by man_in_tx (Islam is a Hate Crime. (Blowback: Faithfully farting towards Mecca five times daily!))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: NonValueAdded

E-mail sent; stephanie.kirchgaessner@ft.com

Subject: Perry under pressure to accept Obamacare

From your article titled in the subject line of this posting;

“Mr Perry, a failed presidential candidate who has not ruled out running again in 2016,”

So, you mean just like the Mr. Gore and the Mr. Kerry, both failed presidential candidates?

Hmmmm?


42 posted on 04/01/2013 4:08:01 AM PDT by mazda77
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Grams A; berdie; man_in_tx
Texas is going to be so SOL if that amnesty goes through that more money for free healthcare may not be the number one issue because there won’t be money for anything.

Exactly. Not to mention the *free* 0Care $$ runs out in, what, two years?? Then what? THE STATE PAYS for it, and in Texas' case, everyone else's, too. And, like Grams said, add amnesty to the mix and it's not a pretty picture.

Zerwas is going to hear an earful from me and my family/friends, today.

43 posted on 04/01/2013 6:10:54 AM PDT by Jane Long (Background checks? Dandy idea, Mr. President. Shoulda started with yours. - Sarah Palin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: Grams A
Here's another interesting tidbit I found from the Houston Chron, from Feb.22 of this year ...

Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond, a doctor and member of the House Appropriations Committee, said Thursday he opposes the expansion under Medicaid's current rules and regulations but said he would be open to the program with certain reforms, including not just co-payments for enrollees, but "rational limits" on the benefits mandated and incentives for healthy behaviors.

*Reforms*? Ha! Never happens and the camel is in the tent. No thanks, Doc!

44 posted on 04/01/2013 6:17:12 AM PDT by Jane Long (Background checks? Dandy idea, Mr. President. Shoulda started with yours. - Sarah Palin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: Nachum

He should say something to the effect of
“give us our gold back and then we’ll talk”.


45 posted on 04/01/2013 6:20:30 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Nachum

The Financial Times is making an effort to create a news source that will combine the financial philosophy of the Three Stooges with the debating skills of the North Koreans.


46 posted on 04/01/2013 6:37:11 AM PDT by sergeantdave
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Jane Long

Thanks for the additional info. Will pass it on to my Pubby friends. Our regular monthly meeting of our Republican Women’s group is Thursday night and I’ll make sure this is discussed.


47 posted on 04/01/2013 9:11:47 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

To: Grams A

bttt there seems to be give-and-take happening today on this.


48 posted on 04/01/2013 6:13:17 PM PDT by txhurl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 47 | View Replies]

To: txhurl

What have you heard?


49 posted on 04/01/2013 6:29:56 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 48 | View Replies]

To: quegley

First post in 6 months and that’s what you come up with? I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you’ve been ill and are still under the effects of medication.


50 posted on 04/01/2013 7:17:02 PM PDT by PAR35
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-55 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson