Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Hey, Rick Perry!

Yesterday, you announced that all Texans have access to insurance.  Your choice of the word "access" reminds me of Bill Clinton's nitpicking the word "is."
I've lived and worked in Texas for over 30 years, and I'm calling you out.

It took about five minutes to find the data I needed to refute your absurd comment.

From the Kaiser Family Foundation:

  • 25% of Texans live in poverty compared to 21% in the U.S. at large

  • 25% of Texans are without insurance (the highest rate of all 50 states) compared to 16% for the U.S. as a whole

  • 17% of Texas children are uninsured compared to 10% in the U.S. at large

Knowing you, I'm sure your response would be that those children and their parents CHOSE not to purchase insurance.  It couldn't possibly be that they couldn't afford insurance.

In your futile run for the presidency, you told the world what Texas already knew.  Don't make it worse now.

Oh, and don't think you're kidding anyone with that nonsense about not being willing to set up an insurance exchange.  The truth is you dragged your heels for so long that you CAN'T set up an exchange in the time left to you.  So, you're defaulting to let the federal government set it up for you.  I'll bet once that exchange is created, you'll immediately demand to be given control of it. 

You are dishonest, intellectually shallow and arrogant beyond belief.  And, unfortunately, those are your strengths.