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.


Stephen Kozeniewski said...

I'm actually a big fan of the Rick Perry "I disagree with the law so I choose not to obey the law" plan. I'm going to invoke it the next time I'm caught blowing marijuana smoke into a policeman's face. What are they going to do, arrest me?

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Anonymous said...

I agree with everything you said except that last comment. My understanding is, Perry has the legal right to do all this showboating regarding insurance exchanges. It may be unseemly but it is not illegal.

I am surprised to see a lifelong Republican restraining her knee from jerking on this one. Pleasantly surprised. Maybe there is hope for the rest of the Republican base as well. Can it be that their hatred for the poor will abate? Will we live to see it?

Mike Keyton said...

You sound riled, Maya. Remind me never to get on your bad side!

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