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.
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.
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]