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.