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Rick Perry Quietly Asks For $100 Million Obamacare Benefit, Even Though He Opposes It

Rick PerryRick Perry has vocally opposed 'Obamacare' for years, be it throughout his failed presidential candidacy or simply his three-term stint as the governor of Texas. As recently as this past April, Perry turned down $100 million in federal funding to help expand Texas' Medicaid program--funding which, according to ThinkProgress, could have helped provide basic health benefits to 1.5 million low-income Texans. Now, Perry is in negotiations with the White House to receive $100 million in order to help expand a program called Community First Choice. ThinkProgress reports:

"The Affordable Care Act grants state funding to expand a program called Community First Choice, which aims to improve the community-based medical services available to disabled and elderly Americans. The wildly popular program is administered through Medicaid and could prevent thousands of disabled and older Americans from being uprooted from their homes and into a long-term care facility for their treatments. Approximately 12,000 Texans could take advantage of it in the first year alone."

What's perhaps even more laughable is the fact that Perry's spokespeople insist that, even though the governor is negotiations to accept funds from the program, he still opposes Obamacare. The office released a statement to Politico, in which they claim that Perry has sought to help the poor in Texas long before 'Obamacare' became the law of the land:

“Long before Obamacare was forced on the American people, Texas was implementing policies to provide those with intellectual disabilities more community options to enable them to live more independent lives, at a lower cost to taxpayers. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission will continue to move forward with these policies because they are right for our citizens and our state, regardless of whatever funding schemes may be found in Obamacare.”

ObamacareAdvocates of the Community First Choice program contacted Politico as soon as the story broke, worried that even mentioning the program as having any relation to Obamacare might change Perry's mind.  “I would hate for the CFC to become a political football,” said one advocate of the program. The article then went on to admit that, "with the possible exception of Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), few other politicians have made as big a stink about Obamacare as Perry has."

Perhaps the governor has softened his stance on the program due to the fact that he does not plan to run for reelection at the end of this term. Or perhaps Perry has finally come to terms with the fact that, ever since the Supreme Court reaffirmed the constitutionality of 'Obamacare', it is going to eventually become the law of the land, and has the potential to actually benefit millions across the country. 

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  1. lawl...if only america had got the healthcare reform is needed...well we know when there are things to be handed out in America the repugs will be first in line, all while talking out their ass opposing it. Nothing new here.

    Posted by: epic | Aug 22, 2013 1:37:03 PM


  2. See, this is where the GOP is having problems. Beyond race and sexual orientation issues, (and really, they could care less about winning LGB's votes); they have a problem with the rapidly declining middle class. Now a good portion of the middle class continues to vote Republican, but unless they come up with better policies for younger people coming of agr to vote, solutions that say, here's how we support people moving ahead and forward in their lives with hard work, and this is what we suggest- they will lose ultimately.

    Posted by: Scott | Aug 22, 2013 1:41:52 PM


  3. Rick Perry has to one of the stupidest, most evil bipeds on this earth. Gee. We're SO surprised by this latest news (not).

    Posted by: Geoff | Aug 22, 2013 1:46:44 PM


  4. geoff

    are you sure he is bipedal? sure he stands / is propped up by handlers on two legs but I've never seen him walk on two legs. Maybe he is more apish and goes on all fours when no one is looking

    Posted by: Moz's | Aug 22, 2013 2:03:05 PM


  5. Obamacare does NOTHING to reign in the high cost of heathcare. NOTHING. In fact, healthcare will end up costing MORE, and people's premiums are going to rise,NOT decline. That is of course the people who will still be getting heathcare subsidies from their employers; MANY are being dropped, along with many losing work hours to well below F/T so employers can take full advantage of loopholes in the poorly written law.

    That said, Texas has the largest percentage of uninsured people in the country, something like 50% of the population. What does or has the governor, or the Democrats past and present, done to help this situation? Those 50% when they get sick enough that they need a doctor or hospital will inevitably end up receiving 'free' charity care, which cost a fortune and is not 'free'.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 22, 2013 2:12:40 PM


  6. I wonder why anyone would trust and vote for him.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Aug 22, 2013 2:42:48 PM


  7. Or perhaps he's just a hypocritical snake in the grass?

    Posted by: Jack M | Aug 22, 2013 2:59:39 PM


  8. Hooray for Cowboy Fonz!

    How brave he must've been as his bike jumped the shark.

    Why would anyone keep a feat like that hush-hush?

    Posted by: OUTinMinnesota | Aug 22, 2013 3:35:58 PM


  9. Free health clinics are by far the best way to deliver basic health care to the poor, rather than trying to do it through free emergency room care. Parents bringing their kids to emergency rooms for ear aches isn't good for anyone.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 22, 2013 3:55:28 PM


  10. Correction to the first paragraph: Perry turned down $100 *billion* in federal Medicaid expansion funds.

    Posted by: JamesInCA | Aug 22, 2013 4:40:33 PM


  11. It's called "Hypocrisy" with a capital "H". It was the same with the stimulus. Many repub governors were publicly saying how awful it was, while having their hands out, and taking the money. THAT is part of the real problem with that party.

    Posted by: Reggie | Aug 22, 2013 4:41:05 PM


  12. @Ratbastard, if you are going to make the statement, "Texas has the largest percentage of uninsured people in the country, something like 50% of the population" get your numbers right and on the spot before posting then ending with "or something". Fool.

    Posted by: Texan | Aug 22, 2013 5:06:35 PM


  13. @Texan,

    Sorry, it's 29%, and the trend for it being most uninsured state in the country is well established and continuing to increase. I must have misread 30% for 50 and it stuck in my head, but it's still VERY high, almost 1/3rd the population. And everything else I said stands.


    Google 'gallop,uninsured,texas'


    @Scott,

    With all due respect, the Democratic party and 'progressives' core base is the welfare class, not the working class/middle class. I'm not saying Republicans are anything to write home about, but c'mon.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 22, 2013 5:43:36 PM


  14. Thing is, it's his job to ask for this money.

    I'm always surprised how stupid the comments here are, it's as if you were all born yesterday and have had zero experience with politics or the real world.

    And Rat, your remarks are consistently false and idiotic. STFU. Die in a fire. ESOD. Slimeball.

    Posted by: Patclark | Aug 22, 2013 6:51:13 PM


  15. it may be his job to ask for but please don't be so hypocritical about it. he was quick to ask for money from fema when the chemical plant blew up due to poor state regulation of the industry. he called even before the fire engines got to the scene. he took tarp money, which he then used to balance his budget shortfalls . he then claimed he had a balanced budget.

    Posted by: walter | Aug 22, 2013 7:14:51 PM


  16. Doesn't take much to make Perry look like a fool. But the sad truth is we are the fools regarding Obamacare. Watch and find out.

    Posted by: Tim | Aug 22, 2013 7:32:38 PM


  17. Oops!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 22, 2013 7:48:13 PM


  18. Another take on this for your consideration...
    http://www.texastribune.org/2013/08/20/governors-office-denies-reports-negoations-obamaca/

    Posted by: Roger | Aug 22, 2013 11:25:46 PM


  19. “Long before Obamacare was forced on the American people, Texas was implementing policies to provide those with intellectual disabilities more community options to enable them to live more independent lives, at a lower cost to taxpayers." Like encouraging them to become state politicians, e.g, Governor?

    Posted by: JFF | Aug 23, 2013 4:29:42 AM


  20. Ratbastard you are a liar.
    Independent studies have shown insurance premiums are already falling AND healthcare costs have too - both because of Obamacare. Millions of people have also received money back from their previous years health insurance as a direct result of Obamacare.

    You either need to shut up or EDUCATE yourself !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Aug 23, 2013 4:49:32 AM


  21. Here in Texas we thought George Bush was the ultimate lame Governor - til we got Ricky. There is no end to the astonishing duplicity and wretchedness of this clown. Do not paint all Texans with a broad brush - MILLIONS of us loathe the SOB!

    Posted by: Bill | Aug 23, 2013 8:30:04 AM


  22. Here in Texas we thought George Bush was the ultimate lame Governor - til we got Ricky. There is no end to the astonishing duplicity and wretchedness of this clown. Do not paint all Texans with a broad brush - MILLIONS of us loathe the SOB!

    Posted by: Bill | Aug 23, 2013 8:30:04 AM


  23. A republican who speaks out of both of his faces, who could have imagined?

    Posted by: lk | Aug 23, 2013 9:57:18 AM


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