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Monday, July 9, 2012

Rick Perry Says the Uninsured Should Go to Hell Because, um, TEXAS!

Posted by on Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Rick Perry don't need no Soo-PREME Cort a-tellin' HIM a-whut's CAWN-sti-tooshnal and a-whut hain't CAWN-sti-tooshnal.

In a letter to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday, [Texas Governor Rick] Perry pledged that he won’t create a state insurance exchange or implement the optional Medicaid expansion. “I oppose both the expansion of Medicaid as provided in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the creation of a so-called ‘state’ insurance exchange, because both represent brazen intrusions into the sovereignty of our state,” Perry said.

“I stand proudly with the growing chorus of governors who reject the Obamacare power grab. ...Neither a ‘state’ exchange nor the expansion of Medicaid under the Orwellian-named PPACA would result in better ‘patient protection’ or in more ‘affordable care,” Perry said.

I wonder who helped him write that letter? In any case, The Atlantic points out that Texas has the highest uninsured rates in the country: 25% of all Texans don't have health insurance. I guess we shouldn't be surprised about the other states in the anti-health-care alliance, either:

Those states are Louisiana (17 percent uninsured), South Carolina (19 percent uninsured), and Florida (21 percent uninsured). The national rate is 16 percent.

It's looking like a second Civil War up in here. Although I think the north would do even better this time around, given that the other side won't have health insurance.


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Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 1
People in the South don't have winter, so less heart attacks.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on July 9, 2012 at 11:49 AM · Report this
kcrobinson 2
@1 They eat more, so more heart attacks.
Posted by kcrobinson on July 9, 2012 at 11:53 AM · Report this
pragmatic 3
States don't have sovereignty, unless Texas seceded recently that we haven't heard about.
Posted by pragmatic on July 9, 2012 at 11:59 AM · Report this
I think if the south tried to succeed at this point, the rest of the country would say good riddance.
Posted by MR M on July 9, 2012 at 12:09 PM · Report this
Oops, secede.
Posted by MR M on July 9, 2012 at 12:10 PM · Report this
Allyn 6
@4,5 it would also be good if they tried to succeed.
Posted by Allyn on July 9, 2012 at 12:20 PM · Report this
@MR M -- You actually had it right the first time!
Posted by WrteStufLA on July 9, 2012 at 12:25 PM · Report this

Bailo, you really don't know your ass from a hole in the ground.

Take a look at this map from the CDC. See that great big dark splotch? The one centered on the lower Mississippi Valley and reaching west to Oklahoma, east into Alabama and Georgia, and north to Kentucky and the Ozarks? That's the region of the highest heart disease death rates. In other words, the South.

But hey, you don't need facts (with their well-known liberal bias) to spout your inanities, do you?
Posted by N in Seattle on July 9, 2012 at 12:35 PM · Report this
balderdash 9
Rick Perry is a maggot. Never fear about any looming civil war, though; he's very brave and determined when it comes to turning down money that might help the state's many, many poor, but he's spineless as a worm about anything that might actually have any consequences.

He's all bark, no bite (At least when it comes to anyone or anything that might even conceivably be able to fight back. He's been more than happy to fuck over kids, undocumented families, and virtually all types of minority, racial, sexual, or whatever.) He just happens to be barking to the tune of all the ignorant, prideful, lower-middle-class conservatives that populate most of Texas and have been told since birth that they're a superior race by simple virtue of geography.

Ugh. Ugh. I just can't think about this. It makes me too angry. How did my home get so completely politically fucked up in the span of my lifetime?
Posted by balderdash on July 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM · Report this
Sweeney Agonistes 10
Paul, the point would be a lot more effective if you had any skill at rendering dialect in print. It undermines your very good point about Rick Perry being a jackass of the first order -- a trait which is not solely determined by the region the jackass comes from.
Posted by Sweeney Agonistes on July 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM · Report this
I say set the south free. I just saw the movie Doomsday and they split Scotland off from England by erecting a giant steel wall with automated gun turrets. I'm sure something like that would work. Give the rest of conservative America a couple of months to move to the new independent states and then just shut the door.
Posted by sisyphusgal on July 9, 2012 at 12:53 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 12
@4 for the South Shall Secede Again win. Of course, that means I would need 3 passports ...
Posted by Will in Seattle on July 9, 2012 at 12:54 PM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 13
Great idea, @11. (Um, you do realize that most of the country would be OK with doing that to the Left Coast too, right?)
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on July 9, 2012 at 1:09 PM · Report this
@13: The difference is that if the west coast were no longer part of the country, it would have major effects on GDP, culture, brain-power, international prestige, etc. The south... not so much.
Posted by MR M on July 9, 2012 at 1:22 PM · Report this
balderdash 15
@11, just go ahead and google "urban archipelago" for me, will you?
Posted by balderdash on July 9, 2012 at 1:22 PM · Report this
blip 16
@13 I like that idea even better.
Posted by blip on July 9, 2012 at 1:52 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 17
They voted for this sack of shit.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on July 9, 2012 at 2:10 PM · Report this
@13 & @15 - I honestly can't tell if you took me seriously or are being snarky. If people will readily believe that extreme progressives such as I plan to build a giant steel wall with gun turrets in an effort to isolate a portion of America, I am OK with that.
Posted by sisyphusgal on July 9, 2012 at 2:24 PM · Report this
Puty 19
@Balderdash (15) That feature deserved a Pulitzer. Wotta epic piece of work.Best alt-weekly cover evar, too.
Posted by Puty on July 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 20

Very bizarre data. The state disease of Mississippi seems to be cardiac arrest.

But then all of Long Island shares the same high rate (not Manhattan which is a notch lower).

However Texas and Florida seem better off than California and Michigan.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on July 9, 2012 at 8:42 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 21

Heart attacks more common in winter; tips to lower your risk

You probably know from experience that winter brings a surge in colds and flu. But did you know winter is also the season for heart attacks?

Frigid air causes blood vessels to constrict as the body tries to prevent heat loss, said Dr. Holly Andersen, director of education and outreach at the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute of New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on July 9, 2012 at 8:46 PM · Report this

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