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-- breaking news on the health care overhaul governor Rick Perry sending a letter today to -- -- -- administration saying Texas will not implement.
Some key provisions of the health care overhaul they include.
The Medicaid expansion.
And the state exchanges joining us first on fox former.
Our resident -- republic -- candidate for president and Texas governor Rick Perry in his first interview since Texas made this decision so governor.
Well -- if anyone not had any doubt we wanted to put it clearly to bed the taxes wouldn't it be a part of it.
Socializing of our medicine so we're not gonna participate in.
In any exchanges were not gonna expand Medicaid.
What is not can be a part of again socializing.
Health care and the state of Texas and going in direct conflict with our founding fathers wishes and freedom for that matter people -- be free to make those decisions about their health care.
Not be forced by this administration into these exchanges.
Are in two bankrupting states with the expansion of Medicaid.
Our -- -- -- a little bit step by step if you don't set out.
This data exchanges if you decide to do that which he had he had said today that you will not deal.
The federal government says as part of the law they will step then.
And they will do that so part of your goal is to keep the federal government out of the lives -- Texans.
Then why give them that power.
-- the bottom line here is that Medicaid.
Is a failed program.
To expand this program is not unlike.
Adding a thousand people to the Titanic.
You're going to further drive this country and -- debt and and that's really what were.
Discussing here is how we gonna get this country back on track.
Economically fiscally sound.
This is not the way to do it you don't expand a program that is not working already.
If the federal government was serious.
About working with the states and finding solutions to the health care and H what they would do.
Is block grant those dollars back to the states.
I can assure you.
That taxes and other states.
Would find more effective efficient ways to deliver health care to their citizens and do it in a way that preserve those -- Rules freedom so the federal government says in fact that is sort of what they're trying to do they say they're going to pay -- under percent of Medicaid expansion.
For a few years and then.
When you get past when he -- -- -- They're gonna pay for about 90% of it so.
To sound that seems like a good deal because for every six billion dollars at that Texas government spends between let's say 2014 and -- -- -- nineteen somewhere around there the federal government can give you 76.
Billion dollars so.
Why isn't that a good deal.
Well I'm I'm always intrigued with the the concept that there's free money out there.
And that we can pour more money into a program that has already failed.
And somehow or another that we're gonna have a different.
Result than what we had the first time.
Again I want to go back to the federal government.
Was serious about assisting the states of being a good.
And trusting partner and listen.
We don't know what this these exchanges are going to look like.
The there's still a substantial amount of wording in this legislation that I'm pretty sure congress is just now reading for the first time.
And that were being forced to try -- participate in it and it did this should be like.
Let's sell you -- house.
And the federal government's gonna take care of all of the of the of the contract -- on if -- just sign here on the dotted line we know the fine prints not.
Finished yet but trust us well we don't trust this administration and we don't trust Washington DC.
To be able to deliver health care and our states if they trusted us they would basically.
Block granted back to the states and we would do a substantially better job than what you're going to see with these exchanges and with the expansion a medic.
So let's talk about solutions then that crazy new federal government report and he's seen as I Texas has ranked last when it comes to health services provided by the state and no.
I know I your folks had to come out and aggressively said hey you know this is not something that we necessarily agree US -- these reasons but.
The facts are one at a four Texans is without health insurance -- at a four Texans is on Medicare or Medicaid health.
The health crisis a big crisis for the country for your state what is the solution.
Well let me address this issue you don't have people come from all over the globe.
To the state of Texas for -- health care.
We have some of the finest health care in the world whether it's MD Anderson -- UT southwestern -- mean some incredible health care.
Facilities in the in this country so.
The idea that this federal government which doesn't like Texas to begin -- to -- -- using come up with some bad and -- somehow Texas has you know the worst health care system.
In the world is just.
Fake and false on its face the the real issue here is about freedom.
And the state of Texas has decided through the years that we have the best.
Interest of our citizens not the federal government and that if we can make those decisions.
In Austin, Texas and at the local level will best deliver health care for our citizens how -- -- the idea that.
Will every Texan.
Has health care in this state from the standpoint of being able to have access to health care.
Every Texan has that how we pay for it and how we deliver should be our decision.
Not some bureaucrat in Washington DC that may have never been to Texas today in their -- for that matter in any the other 49 states trying to mandate this one size.
Fits all health care.
It is not going to work it is a failed system.
Block grant back to the states if you wanna see success.
In health care delivery in this country.
Governor -- things that you mention that Texas is really a act and magnet for a lot of folks.
You Caylee you're hearing rather -- -- able to hear us are right governor that's go ahead -- -- -- -- it it always works better that -- when we can -- -- each other.
You mention that that Texas is really a -- state for so many reasons we've talked a lot about Texas on the show because of the economy.
Because Texas has really provided a place for a lot of businesses to come in families to set up shop.
And one of the things that this -- -- does is it says a small businesses that have more than fifty people hey listen you have to provide health insurance for your employees.
What do you say US small business owner that brought his entire business in Texas and has grown -- there and now wants a shot in the exchanges to provide health insurance for.
Their employees that they can't what do you say to that person.
When you say listen we're not -- -- set up these exchanges.
Well I say to -- that that they moved to the state of Texas for freedom they moved to the state of Texas because we have the best economy in the country.
Eight years in a row now according to Chief Executive Officer magazine and that's the reason they came here is because we have that limited approach to government.
We believe in freedom.
And we believe that those small businesses should be able to make the best decisions.
You know if if the private sector wants to set up at the private insurance sector wants to set up.
These types of ability to trade across lines and what -- I think they ought to have the ability to do that.
But not this one size fits all.
Federally mandated Washington centric concept that the Obama administration grew Obama cares trying to force upon us -- I -- I'm still stunned.
That there weren't enough courageous men and women in the United States congress to stand up and say this is bad public policy.
It is going to exacerbate the problem in the states it's gonna cost the states more money and is going to bankrupt.
Many states including the state of Texas at this thing gets put into place the way that they envisioned it to begin okay that's not courage in my opinion quick.
And a question and with that on the horizon what is one solution your offering to the state of Texas to make sure that one it doesn't go bankrupt.
And -- that there are some more health care options for the citizens of Texas.
Well obviously league.
To block grant those dollars back to the states that is the single most effective way.
To efficiently and effectively allow health care to be better.
Implemented in the states it and make any difference where you California or whether your Colorado or whether you Mississippi or Florida all of those states' best know how to run their health care.
You block grant those states those federal dollars back and we -- have better more efficient more effective health care in this country.
Better -- they haven't received a response yet from the white house on your letter you sent just about two hours ago we look forward to hearing from you know.
When -- deal potentially get that response to well hopefully this administration will in fact respond thank you so much for your time today sir.
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