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Rick Perry Proposed ‘Bi-National’ U.S.-Mexico Obamacare Before 9/11

Just flying in with the Red Army, to bring socialism to Texas-Mexico ....Rick Perry had a grand idea, just days before Muslim Terrorists attacked the United States on 9/11/01: Mexico could join together with the United States to provide free socialized health care for everyone, Mexican and Texan alike! This is how Rick Perry spent the days before 9/11, trying to give our capitalist freedom to a bunch of Mexicans all wrapped up in a nice RED box called “Obamacare.” And you thought Perry supposedly quit being a Democrat after working for Al Gore’s Democratic campaign for the presidency in 1988, or maybe that he quit supporting Hillarycare/Obamacare after he wrote a 1993 mash note to First Lady Hillary Clinton, begging her to please bring Washington’s socialized medicine to the millions of poor, uninsured Texan individualists who just want another handout from Nurse Perry. No. Not even on the Eve of 9/11 could Rick Perry stop trying to give our corporate freedoms to socialists and Mexicans.

The Dallas Morning News directs us to this official Rick Perry speech transcript that you can read right now on Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s official governor’s website:

There are other challenges that require a unified approach, especially in the area of health care. A lack of preventative medicine means conditions that could have been eliminated through childhood immunizations show up in disturbing numbers later in life. Limited availability of medical specialists means conditions like heart disease and diabetes go untreated at alarming rates. In Texas, we recently placed a strong emphasis on preventative care when we expanded access to Medicaid for more low-income children by making the Medicaid enrollment process simpler. We allocated an additional $4 billion to the Medicaid program, and more than $900 million to the Children’s Health Insurance Program. I urged legislators to pass a telemedicine pilot program that will enable, through technology, a sick border resident of limited financial means to receive care from a specialist hundreds of miles away. But the effort to combat disease and illness requires greater cooperative efforts between our two nations. It is a simple truth that disease knows no boundaries. An outbreak of drug-resistant tuberculosis, for example, endangers citizens of both our nations. We have much to gain if we work together to expand preventative care, and treat maladies unique to this region.

Legislation authored by border legislators Pat Haggerty and Eddie Lucio establishes an important study that will look at the feasibility of bi-national health insurance. This study recognizes that the Mexican and U.S. sides of the border compose one region, and we must address health care problems throughout that region. That’s why I am also excited that Texas Secretary of State Henry Cuellar is working on an initiative that could extend the benefits of telemedicine to individuals living on the Mexican side of the border.

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Dear God. Forget the question of whether Rick Perry is a real Republican. Is he even American? Where was Rick Perry on 9/11?

We now anxiously await the pictures of a weeping Rick Perry wearing a frilly pink Mexican Quinceañera dress as he delicately places a dozen red roses on the Mexican grave of Leon Trotsky. [Governor of Texas Official Website/Dallas Morning News]

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165 comments

  1. hagajim

    What it doesn't show is that he yanked the fucking rug right out from under the poor peoples asses as soon as the oil money started flowing into the campaign coffers.

    1. Terry

      Exactly. Perry was a Democrat until he realized he liked money a whole lot more than his values.

    1. fuflans

      if perry can overcome turdblossom in the primaries then i really do worry about next november.

  2. Native_of_SL_UT

    These people act as if our memory spans are really short, but I have to tell you….

    Wait, what was I talking about?

  3. SorosBot

    So is Rick Perry a converted true believer who just went nuts at some point within the last 10 years, or a Romney-esque cynical panderer saying what the wingnuts want to hear but with the advantage that his more reasonable stances were longer ago and less publicized than those of Mittens?

    1. SayItWithWookies

      Right-wingers are just hoping against hope that this idea was a giveaway to some friends of his in the pharmaceutical industry, just like his plan to vaccinate children against HPV. If anything Perry does is outwardly benefecial to humanity, you can bet there's some sort of venal motive underlying it.

  4. Barb

    I didn't know that he worked on Al Gore's campaign. Come to think of it, he reminds me of Al Gore, without all the flash and sizzle.

      1. DoktorThompson

        The day he (formally) announced his campaign, I got drunk and called some friends in College Station to sarcastically congratulate them. They surprised me by bitching about how much they and their friends didn't like the guy. I didn't get it then. I get it now.

        1. Barb

          Doktor, will you be getting drunk on Saturday if Palin announces? Meet me here if she does, please.

          1. DoktorThompson

            If I can get my inebriated fingers to type out wonkette.com in that there address bar, you betcha.

      2. MichelesPantalones

        Ar har har. Or any of the remaining 49. This is not going to make the TardTurds happy. Expect the "Manchurian Socialist Candidate" meme in 5 … 4 … 3 …

  5. anniegetyerfun

    You guys, Rick Perry has already made it abundantly clear that he has changed his stance on everything 100% since he started running for President.

    1. SorosBot

      Just imagine if he and Romney are the ticket; between them I think they've held every possible position on every political issue at some point in their careers.

      1. anniegetyerfun

        "Well, let me see? Do you want to know what I think about dead baby kittens now, or what I thought in 2005? They are drastically different stances, but I'm sure that you will find something you can agree with in at least one of the opinions."

  6. anniegetyerfun

    He admits to trying to learn Spanish in this speech.

    Also, someone take a screenshot, because that shiznit will be taken down so fast once Perry's lackeys realize it has been found.

  7. DoktorThompson

    His political positions have formed their own circular firing squad. Which is kind of impressive, if you think about it.

      1. DoktorThompson

        That's another way to put it, though the mental picture has caused some amount of dry heaving.

  8. Redhead

    He wanted to give socialist medicine to BROWN PEOPLE??? the horror!

    Of course, he'll probably just say that he only wanted to keep them alive so he could give them the electric chair after waterboarding them, or something.

  9. Doktor Zoom

    Yet another Republican contender whose hopes may be dashed by the revelation that he's just not quite cruel and heartless enough.

    1. anniegetyerfun

      "If there was ever a time in which I implied that Mexican babies should not be shot in the head while in the womb, I apologize. Alamo!"

      -Rick Perry

    2. Dudleydidwrong

      There is some sort of Cheney Standard by which all the Rethug candidates are to be measured. Ricky Hairboy doesn't seem to be measuring up, but then the standard is pretty high/low/awful. We'll see what Rick does when the time gets close for the Pea Tardy hordes (whores?) to make their choice known–I'm betting that he will come close to the Cheney Standard for cruel and heartless governing.

  10. Goonemeritus

    What is there about 9/11 changing everything that you don’t understand. If you were reasonable before 9/11 you became unreasonable and if you were a jerk you became a total tool and so on.

    I myself was a Trotskyite prior to 9/11 now I’m a Franciscan.

  11. charlesdegoal

    Did you expect him to have an ideology? Power is what they're after, and it requires a hell of a lot of compromising just to get nominated, never mind elected.

  12. Poindexter718

    Riddle me this, Rick: If Mexican style healthcare is so great, than why do Mexicans come to this country to get their gunshot wounds and cholera treated?
    Fekkin' commie.

    1. caitifty

      Same reason the first hundred stores after the border crossing in Tijuana are pharmacies, dental clinics, and surgeries selling meds and care to Americans who can't afford all that excellent US style healthcare.

    1. SayItWithWookies

      Yeah, remember when people were allowed to do whatever they wanted and the government wasn't?

      1. anniegetyerfun

        Those were some seriously crazy times, eh? I remember when only maybe 1% of the population used to scream at Muslims heading into the local mosque for Friday prayers and stuff.

  13. DaRooster

    It truly is too bad how good ideas can change when there is a black man in the White House… Fuck the pandering Parry, Romney, etc… it is not what is best for OUR nation! It is only money and you cannot take it with you… if you are lucky enough that we don't take it from you at some point real soon.

  14. Chet Kincaid

    I'll give the Obama-bashers this one: there is no "Democrat Rove" in the White House with the cajones to exploit information like this.

    (Damn, Ken, now they're going to dock my pay at HQ.)

    1. mourningnmerica

      Agreed. And I'm only bashing him when I think he does something bad. Hey, I am still hoping that he will toughen up. It could happen. All us bashers want is for him to fight the bad guys. And I think all of us bashers on the site are honestly still rooting for him. But he does need to get harder, and soon.

      Most wouldn't recall, but I have used the term "Brown Jesus" more than anyone here. I'm sure I will be all over him again as events warrant, but, Chet, ……. truce?

  15. baconzgood

    Rick Perry's newz conf-rance: I just want to clarify, sometimes I use words. You can't always construe that words I use are the stuff I believe….Did you buy that tea party people? Good.

    1. Nothingisamiss

      Will tea party people ever become aware of this? Only if in the Murdoch primary it becomes "important."

  16. anniegetyerfun

    What's awesome is that the Teatards who found the speech on the website are freaking out because Rick Perry is apparently "beholden to his donors" – uh, the REASON he's such a flipflopper is because he went from being a standard-issue political whore to being a Teabagger-beholden whore. That is, he used to have a shred of humanity left in him, and now, he sucks Korporate Kock all day long.

    They should, frankly, be delighted with the turnaround. It's not like consistency really matters to the Teatards. What matters is dead brown people.

    OK, consistently dead brown people.

  17. slithytoves

    Michelle Bachman, Rick Perry, Pizza delivery guy, what's his name the Mormon, this is the funnest Republican presidential primary race EVAR! Syphilis swine-flu shots for everyone!

    1. anniegetyerfun

      Is it weird that Herman Cain is starting to look like the best option among these guys? Mostly because the media is ignoring him?

  18. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    This is just further proof of how cunning Al Qaeda is. First they install a black Kenyan as president, but since he was black, some in this country caught on to the fact that he was just a Muslim lackey of the Arabs, and they were not able to establish the new Caliphate.

    But they had a back up plan. Go with a white guy who likes to finger guns and who has already made his position clear that he wants to break up the United States. Sure, if they want him to win, he will have to pretend he was never more of a Socialist than Obama, but, given that he is white, all he has to do is execute a few black and brown people, and most of the 'baggers will ignore that he wants to break up the United States, tear down our boarders, and bring true Socialized Medicine to this land, making both Mitt Romney's and Barack Obama's over the bra feel-up of medical insurance for all look pitiful comparison.

    It is a brilliant plan too, and it would have worked if it wasn't for those darn kids and their series of tubes.

  19. crybabyboehner

    The chairman of the Republican National Committee is named Reince Priebus. That is probably why Rick Perry switched parties.

      1. MichelesPantalones

        I thought it was that little procedure you have to perform before adult circumcisions — you reince the priebus in antiseptic solution. No?

  20. OneYieldRegular

    It really makes you wonder what the hell happened to Perry to turn him from someone capable of writing that to someone whose response today to nearly every policy question seems to boil down to "Shoot them all!"

  21. richmx2

    The irony is that we already have national health care in Mexico. Maybe not as comprehensive as we'd like, but just about universal when it comes to things like immunization, pre-natal wellness clinics and access to birth control. When I was living out in far west Texas, there were a lot of people who'd moved to the area because of health problems and limited income who chose the region specifically for access to Mexican medical facilities. And, the State of Chihuahua — which every year tries to immunize every child — was asked to include El Paso in their program, the State of Texas not willing to spend the money needed.

    1. anniegetyerfun

      Well, I know what country I will be fleeing to when Perry becomes president, then! If he seals off the border after I get there, all the better!

    2. proudgrampa

      I have several friends who swear by the quality of health and dental care in Mexico.

      One friend had a serious injury, requiring surgery, that she recovered very nicely from. Another had some dental work that was, frankly, beautifully done.

      I sometimes think that we norteamericanos are being bamboozled. Do ya think?

    3. Troglodeity

      Are you fuckin' kidding me? Mexico has better health care than Texas?

      Give it another year or two of drought, and we'll be seeing real-life scenes like the one from "The Day After Tomorrow" where all those Americans are trying to cross the border INTO Mexico…

    4. sati_demise

      yep, having lived in Mexico and paid the huge premium of about $250.00 A YEAR, this is true. The dentists are very good too, if you get a reference.

  22. HistoriCat

    Has anyone closely questioned the Perry family to find out of if Rick had a twin brother? Because this sounds like just the sort of situation where your evil twin kidnaps you, steals your identity and proceeds to fuck up everything you've ever worked on.

  23. fuflans

    what i want to know is:

    does rick perry ever stand in a normal position? supermodel strut, haybales, wtf?

  24. Ducksworthy

    You have to admit that hunting hogs from helicopters has a nice ring to it. Things might get complicated if you happened to fly over a teabagger rally in Tejass though.

    1. anniegetyerfun

      Not complicated at all – they move more slowly on their mobility scooters, so you waste less ammo. Also, the marbling? Superb (once you get past the layers of gristle).

      1. Ducksworthy

        Reminds me of the old VietNam story How can you shoot women and children from a helicpoter? Answer: Just don't lead them as much."

  25. DashboardBuddha

    OT Whining – A friend of my co-worker is visiting and they're jabbering about how a daughter is trying to get into Liberty University, their lo-carb diets, and and how nice and hot it was in Florida.

    I am doing a heroic job of keeping my mouth shut.

    1. Nothingisamiss

      I feel for you. Living in the south is an exercise in trying to hold onto sanity. You can do it, DB!

  26. Fox n Fiends

    GOTCHA!

    This is yet another reason that soon there will be no Republican nominees with any government experience. There's too much history to mine. Be prepared for CEOs only.

  27. SayItWithWookies

    There's nothing right about Rick Perry that can't be eliminated by what's wrong with Rick Perry.

    1. KenLayIsAlive

      You got that right. This in itself is such a spectacularly far reaching and forward thinking program.

      then you realize he is just a pathetic flip flopping dick and it ruins everything.

  28. mereoblivion

    Per-eh-ree
    (Perry baybee)
    Per-eh-ree
    (Perry baybee)
    Peh-eh-eh-eh-eh-eh-ree bay-hay-bee
    (Perry baybee)
    Per-eh-ree
    Can you come out tonight?

    You-oo-ooh know that you really wah-uh-na
    (Perry baybee)
    Bring your self out into the light

    Why don't you come out
    With your tight jeans on
    Come out
    Mmm you look so white
    Come out
    Take the bribes real easy
    Girl, you make me lose mah mah-hind!

    etc etc

  29. Chet Kincaid

    Wait until they find the memo he wrote encouraging miscegenation in order to strengthen the American gene pool. "And in conclusion, the darker the berry, the sweeter the juice."

  30. randcoolcatdaddy

    He was just proposing that since it would have been an easier drive to Mexico for him at the time for vd treatments.

  31. sati_demise

    This is how he will handle it: "I sacrificed an hour Friday evening to watch the Texas gubernatorial debate on your behalf, since I knew none of you would do it. … The Coiffure was in his usual form. As one opponent after another attacked his record, Gov. Rick Perry stood there proudly behind that rabid following he has so richly earned – hey, a whole 35 percent of Texans want him re-elected – and simply disagreed. The Coiffure seemed to consider blanket denials a fully sufficient and adequate response."

    The late great Molly Ivins

    Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/08/18/121170/comm

  32. Diabeetis

    It's funny, really. The Tea Party types will hold GOP candidates to some troo-conservative litmus test and label them RINO's even if they've stuck to their views since Day One, but then they throw their support behind any pandering huckster who projects a macho "real American" image even if said pandering huckster supports things they purport to oppose. Then they act shocked and surprised when the pandering huckster proceeds to kick them right under the bus and then back over them after getting into office (i.e. Scott Brown). Perry is another example of that.

  33. user-of-owls

    Betcha a nickel you can't guess how they're reacting on Red State. Seriously, go ahead and guess…before you look. Then see how close your guess was.

    I'll wait.

    1. elviouslyqueer

      How many times do they trot out the words "George Soros" or "set-up?"

      C'mon, Owls, a hint or two here!

  34. Negropolis

    This study recognizes that the Mexican and U.S. sides of the border compose one region, and we must address health care problems throughout that region.

    Heretic warlock! Burn him!

    I, for one, welcome our Sombreroed overlords.

  35. starfanglednut

    Hey! I'm bisexual! And it's been GREAT for my health, just great! Double your fun, twice the odds of getting a date on friday night, and the threesomes! Can we talk?

    Wait, that's not what he was talking about? Really? Oh, never mind.

  36. MichelesPantalones

    Consider the sterilizations. How sacred were *those* wombs, huh, huh? Anything less than a Sacred White Womb is just a welfare ho-bag poppin' out baby gangbangers, man.

  37. Chet Kincaid

    I have not changed my position on that, actually, but I guess when you make fun of over-the-top hostility, you get "tarred", as it were, as an over-the-top Apologist.

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