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Monday, July 9, 2012

GOVERNOR SAYS "NO" TO EXCHANGES, MEDICAID EXPANSION

Texas will neither expand Medicaid nor establish a health insurance exchange, Gov. Rick Perry said in a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) authorizes the two projects. “I stand proudly with the growing chorus of governors who reject the Obamacare power grab,” the governor said in a statement, the Texas Tribune reports. “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.” The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that PPACA cannot force a state to give up its current federal Medicaid funding if it does not want to expand Medicaid. The health insurance exchanges are not optional. If Texas does not implement its own exchange, the federal government will set up a Washington-devised one for us.

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