Texas Gov. Rick Perry became the latest Republican governor Monday to say his state would not comply with the implementation of Obamacare.
The governor and former presidential candidate release a statement saying Texas would not establish a state health insurance exchange or expand Medicaid in accordance with the federal law. He suggests doing so would add millions of Texans to the already “unsustainable” Medicaid program and cost the taxpayers billions, saying it could lead Texas into “financial ruin.”
He told HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a letter dated Monday that the law gives the federal government the final say about the sorts of health insurance plans that could be offered in the state exchanges and that it treats the states as “subcontractors.”
“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 this program would result in better ‘patient protection’ or in more ‘affordable care,’” Perry said in a statement. “They would only make Texas a mere appendage of the federal government when it comes to health care.”
Perry has consistently resisted participation in federal programs, notably rejecting additional federal unemployment funding in 2009. Governors from Louisiana, Wisconsin and Florida have issued similar declarations.
“…PPACA will find no foothold here,” Perry said.