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Posted on 03/31/2013 4:24:46 PM PDT by Nachum
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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 states 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.
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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 states 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.
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Mr. Perry??? You gotta be kiding me...
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.
"Federal funds" is commie 'RAT newspeak for STOLEN TAXPAYER DOLLARS.
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”?
I betcha $20 he caves. Easiest money is always against those with -R after their names.
No doubt FT similarly reminds their readers that Hillary, Kerry, Biden and Gore are also members of the failed presidential candidates club.
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 states poorest citizens.
Darn Republicans... It's a shame the governor is just a powerless bystander.
It's just heartless....
... may face Hillary Clinton (another failed candidate) in a possible 2016 matchup.
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.
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.
It's this guy that is going to give little bammy trouble...
My request, exactly. Thanks, Grams!
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.
Financial Times, Economist , Daily Mail, Guardian, all UK lefty publications don’t let em rattle you
John Zerwas, Texas State rep, is who's "pressuring" Perry.
Ted Cruz is still against any Medicaid expansion.
“.......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 states 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.
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.
He has veto power.
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.
Are you, perhaps, confusing Att. Gen Abbott with Lt. Gov. Dewhurst?
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.
Don’t give in!
Pat Dollard also referencing this article:
Gov Perry contact info:
(Can be used to send an email message voicing your opinion.)
Information and Referral Hotline [for Texas callers] :
Information and Referral and Opinion Hotline [for Austin, Texas and out-of-state callers] :
Office of the Governor Main Switchboard [office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST] :
Citizen’s Assistance Telecommunications Device
If you are using a telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD),
call 711 to reach Relay Texas
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428
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 $16 BILLION budget and 9300 employees.
Looks like it’s time to rally the troops and start a fax and phone marathon to Mr. Zerwas.
My message to Gov Perry:
I wish to thank you for your opposition to accepting Washington’s offered “$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.”
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“pressure from fellow Republicans”
What’s the point? Why bother having a Republican party? There is no difference from Dems apart from their rhetoric.
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.
Maybe Joe Straus posts as “quegly” when he has been drinking? /sarc
Great research..... Thank you.
You beat me to the question.
Who are these Tx Repubs? I’m not gonna sign up to find out.
Greg Abbott is nothing more than a kiss ass. He will say anything and do anything to get elected. I dont know where you got that Dont Tread pict, but its 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.
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? :)
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.
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.
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.
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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?
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.
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!
He should say something to the effect of
“give us our gold back and then we’ll talk”.
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.
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.
bttt there seems to be give-and-take happening today on this.
What have you heard?
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.