In this letter, TCCRI applauds Governor Rick Perry’s “decisive and principled stance” on rejecting the Medicaid expansion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Conservative state legislators will stand by the Governor to uphold his prudent decision.
The full text of the letter is below. Open a PDF copy of the letter here.
July 13, 2012
Dear Governor Perry,
Thank you for taking a decisive and principled stance by informing U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that Texas will not expand our Medicaid program under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), per the United States Supreme Court decision in NFIB v. Sebelius.
We agree with and deeply appreciate the sentiments you express in opening your letter to Secretary Sebelius:
“In the ObamaCare plan, the federal government sought to force the states to expand their Medicaid programs by – in the words of the Supreme Court – putting a gun to their heads. Now that the “gun to the head” has been removed, please relay this message to the President: I oppose both the expansion of Medicaid as provided in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the creation of a so-called “state” insurance exchange, because both represent brazen intrusions into the sovereignty of our state.”
Federal intervention is not — and will never be — the sensible answer to the challenge of providing access to quality health care. There is much work for citizens, state leaders, and Congress to undertake to redress the Supreme Court’s fundamentally unsound ruling on PPACA, which is a massive tax bill that relies on deficit financing while imposing government on private citizens and business.
We look forward to standing with you to uphold your prudent decision to reject Medicaid expansion. Federalism matters. The rightful authority to prioritize and manage health care programs and policies must rest with elected officials at the state level.
Thank you for your principled leadership on this matter, and for your distinguished service to the State of Texas.
State Representative Linda Harper-Brown
State Senator Dan Patrick