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PerryLetter to Sebelius

PerryLetter to Sebelius

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THE
Govnn¡von
RICK
PERRY
GOVERNOR
July
9,2012
The Honorable
Kathleen
Sebelius
Secretary
U.S.
Department
ofHealth
and
Human
Services
200Independence
Avenue,
S.W.
Washington,
D.C.
2020I
DearSecretary
Sebelius
:
In
the
ObamaCare
plan,the
federal
governmentsought
to
forcethe
states
to
expand
theirMedicaid
programsby
*
in
thewords
of
the Supreme Court
-
putting
a
gun
to their
heads.
Now
that the
"gunto
thehead" has
been
rernoved,
please
relay
this
message
to
the
President:
I
oppose
both
theexpansion
ofMedicaid
as
providedin
thePatient Protection
and
Affordable
Care
Act
and
the creation
ofa
so-called
"state"
insurance
exchange, because
both represenLbrazen
intrusions into
the sovereignty
of our
state.
I
stand
proudly
with
the
growing
chorus
of
governors
who
rejectthe
PPACApower
grab.
ThankGod
and
our
nation's
founders thatwe
have
the
rightto
do
so.
Neither
a"state"
exchange
nor
theexpansion
of
Medicaid
under the
Orwellian-named PPACAwould
result
in
better
"patientprotection"or in
more
"affordableçate."
V/hat
they
would
do
is
make Texas
a
mere
appendage
of
thefederalgovernmentwhen
it
comes
to
health
care.
The
PPACA
does
not
trulyallow
states
to
create andoperate
theirown
exchanges. Instead,
it
givesthefederalgovernment
the
final
say
as
to which
insuranceplans
canoperate
in
a
so-called
"state"
exchange,
what
benehts
those
plansmust
provide,
and
what
pricecontrols
and
cost
limits
will
apply.It
leaves
manyquestions
to
be
answeredlater
through
federal
"future
rulemaking."
In
short,
it
essentially
treats
the
states
like
subcontractors through
which
thefederalgovernment
can
control
theinsurancemarkets
and
pursuefederal
priorities
rather
than those
of
the
individual
states.
Through
itsproposedexpansion
of
Medicaid,
the
PPACAwouldsimply
enlarge
a
broken
system
that
is
already
financially
unsustainable. Medicaid is
a
system
of inflexible
mandates,
one-size-
fits-all
requirements,
and
wasteful,
bureaucratic
inefficiencies.
Expanding
it
as
the
PPACA
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