Monday, July 9, 2012

BREAKING: Did Gov. Perry "Rewrite" His Letter -- After This Early-Afternoon's Firestorm?

Here's the original, as quoted by Forbes:

. . . .“If anyone was in doubt, we in Texas have no intention to implement so-called state exchanges or to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. I will not be party to socializing health care and bankrupting my state in direct contradiction to our Constitution and our founding principles of limited government. . . .

And now, here is the "revised" -- toned-down -- copy, as subsequently released on the website:
. . . .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. I stand proudly with the growing chorus of governors who reject the PPACA power grab. Thank God and our nation's founders that we have the right to do so. . . .

It would seem he realized his original hyperbole was on extremely thin constitutional ice. [My updated graphic above makes reference to another Governor, a nearly a half-century ago, who made a similarly futile attempt at nullifying a federal constitutional mandate. The Medicaid expansion is no mandate -- but you can see why Mr. Perry tempered his remarks, lest he be judged to be on the wrong side of history on this one.] Hmmmm.


Anonymous said...

There's an interesting stock photo of Perry in front of the 'Personhood' banner, that was on the CBS news webpage.

I beleive that is the group pushing for the declaration that at the moment of conception a fetus is a person. A common theme for many republicans.

If true, then his rejection of any additional support for the poor and uninsured is not just absurd postion but surely represents the true beginning a "death panel" by a politician.

Anonymous said...

BTW: another Gov also pledged not to apply the ACA-Gov Scott of FL, And with austerity measures, he is overseeing the closing of the state's only TB hospital.

Yet, a recent report notes: an increase in the number of patient's with TB;

But, it was the President's ACA that was going to bring Death Panels!!!

Simply amazing that the average American can swallow the stuff the Republicans throw their way.