Texas Keeps Sticking It To The Poor

It seems there is nothing that brings Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) joy quite like sticking it to poor people.

In a statement published Monday morning Gov. Perry “proudly” declared that he’ll decline to implement the Medicaid expansion and state-based health care exchange of the Affordable Care Act, leaving approximately 1.2 million low-income Texans without any health insurance. Republican governors in Florida, South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana and Wisconsin have also opted out of providing similar coverage for their residents under health care reform.

According to  Perry, providing poor people health care and setting up exchanges that make health insurance cheaper are both “brazen intrusions into the sovereignty of our state.” That’s right, under the 10th Amendment states should have the power to punish the poor simply for being poor. Gotta love the modern-day Republican party.

Perry continued. “I stand proudly with the growing chorus of governors who reject the [Affordable Care Act] power grab,” Perry wrote. “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.’ What they would do is make Texas a mere appendage of the federal government when it comes to health care.” He added that Medicaid is “broken” and “already financially unsustainable,” and that in his view an expansion “would threaten even Texas with financial ruin.”

The state of Texas has one of the most restrictive Medicaid programs in the country, meaning it already serves the poorest of the poor. To qualify in Texas, a family of three must make less than $188 per month to qualify.

“Rick Perry’s announcement is both cruel and negligent,” the Texas Democratic Party retorted in a media advisory. “No person with a speck of intelligence would turn down billions in federal dollars that would be a boon to our economy and help Texans. But then again this is Rick Perry. Rick Perry could’ve brought billions in federal dollars to Texas, reduced the rate of the uninsured and improved the quality of life for Texans. Rick Perry’s Texas solution is to let Texans stay ill and uninsured. That is not a health care plan.”

No, it’s not a health care plan. It’s a crusade against the poor.

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Dale Overall

Thankfully Ontario pays no health care premiums so health care in this part of Canada is free (re Lynn S). Hope at least you live without the -40 and have rain instead of snow if you are in Vancouver. But, with any of its drawbacks, glad I live in Canada as the concept of paying for health care is not something I would want to deal with, let my tax dollars help others in the country get health care rather than do without. Higher taxes but in the end fewer social problems.

Jane R.
Jane R.4 years ago

How do you think Obummer Care will help the poor? They can't afford to buy insurance.
I take offence at the putting down of Gov. Rick Perry and the state of Texas! Penalizing the poor because they can't afford to buy insurance is a good thing??? Wrong!!!
Also why should the rest of us subsidize health care for them? We have to pay for our own insurance and healthcare, why should we have to pay for theirs also??
If yu have the extra money then give it to the poor, don't expect the older generation on a fixed income to pay for their healthcare!!

Robert Pavlick
Robert Pavlick4 years ago

(continued) Yes, apparently Mrs. Clinton was right when she said: "IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD", but it never was that way in the past. When I was growing up, children were taught to be self-sufficient, honest, reliable, productive and RESPONSIBLE. Now they are only taught that they have RIGHTS; no responsibility, only rights.

And that is why teen pregnancies (despite sex education and free condoms) is at an all time high, as are social diseases, which also have to be treated at public, tax-payer expense. At least under Communism, people were forced to work for their hand-outs, but under our new Fabian Socialism it's all free in exchange for votes. Don't get me wrong, I am not in favor of CRONY CAPITALISM either, but entitlements are killing this country along with outsourcing.

Robert Pavlick
Robert Pavlick4 years ago

I have to agree with David F's most recent post. And he has been respectful and sane on this site ,which is more than I can say for many of the people posting.

I AM A DEMOCRAT, as I have explained to some of you one-on-one, but I am not blind to the failings of my own party. And as David says, our nation has been continually on a downward slide for many years now and it's not getting any better. Of course there has been a mix of Democrats and Republicans running this country so they are both to blame, but some ideologies exacerbate the current problems worse than others. David is correct when he speaks of "this country’s rapid decay in moral values, freedom and economic solvency." And he is right on target when he says: "Appeasing the socialists with misinformation helps no one including themselves."

The purpose of government and the promise of America was never for citizens to be molly coddled and taken care of from cradle to grave and yet that is what we have come to. We have an electorate that is totally helpless and unable to survive without handouts and limitless useless and failed social programs that encourage immorality and dependency and I am not speaking from any religious point of view. All religion aside, I consider it immoral to produce children as a source of personal income and then expect the State to raise them and provide for them and yet this has become the norm now for over three generations. Yes, apparently Mrs. Clinton was right. It DOES "TAK

Robert Pavlick
Robert Pavlick4 years ago

Michael says: "Imagine a country whose constitution once counted black slaves as worth three-fifths of whites.... The black infant mortality rate is double that of whites. Black life expectancy is nearly six years less. The official black unemployment rate is about twice that of whites and the black poverty rate is almost triple that of whites.

I CAN imagine such countries with enormous mortality rates, unemployment, low life-expectancy, unemployment, poverty and starvation, not to mention ethnic cleansing; they are the Black ruled nations of Africa and even Haiti and Jamaica in this hemisphere which were much better off when they were under Colonial rule.

African-Americans would be far worse off if they were still living in Africa than living here in USA. The proof is the vast numbers who are immigrating from Africa to USA. But those people are usually educated and when they come here, they qualify for good jobs and contribute to our society, unlike some indigenous peoples who have been here for generations and can't seem to put one foot in front of the other.

Robert Pavlick
Robert Pavlick4 years ago

Michael says: "Imagine a country whose school system is rigged in favor of the already privileged, with lower caste children tracked by race and income into the most deficient and demoralizing schools and classrooms."

Nothing is rigged, Michael. It is a simple matter of economics. People who earn more and practice family planning move to the suburbs where other like-minded people live. Since they do not have 10 children per family, they don't need that many schools so they can afford to have quality education in the few schools that their taxes do support.

The chronically poor tend to congregate in urban areas because there are more free services available there along with public housing. They tend to have enormous families, which causes the need for more schools and more teachers and not just any teachers; the teachers have to be multi-lingual and able to deal with troublesome students. Many teachers will not even teach in urban schools for fear of bodily harm.

If I have spent lots of money to move to the suburbs and pay high taxes specifically to ensure that my children get a good education, do you think it would be fair to bus them to dreadful urban schools? Or do you think that we should simply bus all the urban students to the suburbs, causing those towns to have to build more schools for children whose parents DO NOT PAY TAXES?????? Not all people of means were born with a silver spoon in their mouths. Many worked hard and studied hard for years and paid the

Robert Pavlick
Robert Pavlick4 years ago

Michael says: "Imagine a country where it takes nearly two minimum wage workers to make what one worker made 4 decades ago."

Ah, Mike, now you've hit the nail on the head. We don't have to imagine do we? We live there. And why do you think it now takes 2 workers what it only took one worker to accomplish 4 decades ago? Actually it probably takes 2 workers only if one of them has 2 jobs. It is precisely because of all these entitlements not only here in USA but all over the world.

Why is the US sending billions to Israel, Pakistan, India, and all of these other countries? Why are we sending AIDS medications free to Africa when Americans have to pay $1500 per month for those same medications???????

Robert Pavlick
Robert Pavlick4 years ago

Marc says: "Robert P: Repuiblicans get elected over and over again because they have become masters of the great lie."

Marc, you know how to tell when a politician is lying? When their lips are moving. They are all tarred with the same brush. Republicrats and Demogogues, alike. I live in Bridgeport, CT which was once a thriving shipping, manufacturing and industrial center with jobs for everyone, theaters, restaurants, live entertainment, shopping, etc. It has been run by Democrats for the last 50 years and it now looks like Europe following WWII. Other than a handful of banks in the downtown area, the rest is nothing but boarded up store fronts and crumbling buildings with all their windows smashed. Probably 60% of the population is on public assistance and the rest of us have to foot the bill for everything.

My taxes just went up again to build more schools and for what? The kids, if they graduate at all can barely read or write and can't make change at a cash register unless the register tells them the amount. Perhaps the extra cost is for day-care for high school students with babies.

Robert Pavlick
Robert Pavlick4 years ago

Dr C says: " If we do not feed the hungry , which might cost us $2000/year in taxation, then as a matter of necessity they are likely to commit crimes in quest of food to which our crime and punishment society will cheerfully pay $24,000+/year to both house and feed them in prison."

So what you are saying is that the taxpayers of this country are the victims of extortion. That if we don't give the Career Poor what they want "We will simply take it from you." Heck, they're being fed and clothed and schooled already and are still committing the bulk of the violent non-white collar crime in this country, so how do you explain that????? Maybe if they had to work they wouldn't have as much time to get into gangs and other trouble.

All the excuse artists say: "Oh, they need more after school programs". Really? Half these kids have dropped out of school. You know what MY after school program was? Mowing the lawn, cleaning the house, and making dinner for my Dad since my Mom had died when I was 14. I didn't get free breakfast, lunch and dinner in the public school system. I had to bring my own.

Robert Pavlick
Robert Pavlick4 years ago

Ken says: "There are some real dumb a$$ here I worked all my life till being disabled at 60 my tax money payed for your schooling try liveing on $ 880 a mo. Then see what you think !!

Ken, I couldn't agree more, but that's my point exactly. YOU worked all your life and provided for others. You are what I call "The working poor". That's very different from the "Career Poor" who have been on assistance for three generations and get more to live on and have bigger apartments and more assistance than you will ever hope to get. That's my gripe.

I have worked with these people socially and watched the dreadful abuses and theft of services until I couldn't stand it anymore and quit. People with 30 free cell phones, 2 electrified wheelchairs that they simply use for transportation like a go-cart; cleaning services to clean their apartments for them; 4 or 5 turkeys for Thanksgiving; everything free, free, free; all the things that you and I, the working poor, do not qualify for and have to pay for out of pocket.

And out of your $880. per month, I'll bet you pay a hell of a lot more than $150 per month rent don't you, Ken?

I have compassion for the Working Poor, but not for the Career Poor.