Rick Perry, governor of the state with the highest percentage of uninsured residents, declares he won't create a health insurance exchange or take advantage of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.
Now, understand. Obamacare's Medicaid expansion costs the State of Texas nothing for three years — the federal government picks up the tab. And after three years, Texas (like all other states), only has to pay for 5% of the program. It's a steal. In fact, Texans are already paying for it:
One in four Texans are uninsured, the highest rate of any state. The Medicaid expansion would cover 49.4 percent of uninsured Texans by 2019, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The program is broadened to cover Americans within 133 percent of the poverty line — currently the eligibility for a working Texan parent cuts off at 27 percent. The federal government will cover the full cost of the first three years and pay 90 percent thereafter.
So why would a governor deny healthcare to his citizens?
Because it's OBAMAcare. If it were somebody else, then of course he would take it. But it's Obama.
Perry joins other GOP governors — including Florida’s Rick Scott, South Carolina’s Nikki Haley and Wisconsin’s Scott Walker — in refusing to implement the Affordable Care Act.