Governor Good Hair, Rick Perry, announced on Monday that he will drop his state out of Obamacare and not set-up free-market health insurance exchanges where Texans could buy health insurance without being denied for pre-existing conditions. He’s also refusing to expand his state’s Medicaid program to cover 1.2 million more low-income Texans. In doing so – Governor Perry is turning down $164 billion in federal money that can help millions of Texans finally get health insurance.
And to make matters worse, Perry doesn’t have a single idea on how to insure his citizens. After serving as Governor of Texas for nearly a dozen years, Rick Perry oversees the nation’s worst health care system – where 6.5 million people – roughly a quarter of the population – don't have health insurance. In 2010, Texas hospitals absorbed more than $4.6 billion in unpaid emergency room medical costs.
Obamacare can go a long way toward fixing this problem, but Governor Good Hair would rather play politics instead.