Texas Governor Rick Perry said Monday that Texas will not implement key portions of President Obama’s healthcare legislation, despite the Supreme Court’s recent ruling upholding the constitutionality of the law. Perry sent a letter Monday morning to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, saying he has “no intention” of either implementing a state health insurance exchange or expanding Medicaid, two provisions that are incorporated into the federal law.
“If anyone had any doubt, we wanted to put it clearly to bed that Texas wasn’t going to be a part of expanding socializing of our medicine,” he said in an exclusive interview with Fox News. “We’re not going to participate in any exchanges, we’re not going to expand Medicaid – we’re just not going to be a part of, again, socializing healthcare in the state of Texas.”
If Texas, or any other state, refuses to implement the health insurance exchanges, the federal government does have the power to implement the exchanges itself. But Perry criticized the idea of expanding what he says is a faulty program that will ultimately bankrupt states.
“Medicaid is a failed a program. To expand this program is not unlike adding a thousand people to the Titanic. You’re going to further drive this country into debt,” Perry said. “You don’t expand a program that is not working already.”