HEROES  2:10 pm July 9, 2012

Rick Perry Saves Poor Texans from Scourge of Medical Care

by Jim Newell

The Nazis will be so proudOpiate-devouring Texas Gov. Rick Perry is joining his friends Bobby, Scott, Nikki, and Bat Boy in choosing to reject the federal government’s Medicaid expansion. He can do this thanks to the Supreme Court handiwork of Burkean minimalist St. John Roberts, whom all liberals must love and respect eternally for only gutting half of Obamacare for no reason. This would leave 1.3 million in Texas, a state that proudly persecutes its poor, for fun, without access to medical coverage.

From the Texas Tribune:

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states — even Texas, which has the country’s highest rate of the uninsured — may not be punished for opting out of the Medicaid expansion. On Monday, Perry called it the equivalent of adding more people to a sinking Titanic.

A lucid comparison, too: providing 1.3 million people access to medical care with the federal government picking up 100% of the bill for the next half-decade and 90% indefinitely is precisely like making the decision to kill more people.

But surely the White House has had a plan all along to prevent wingnut governors from making this exact move, yes?

Hours after the Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama’s health law on Thursday, but made its Medicaid expansion optional, senior White House officials were asked by a reporter how they would entice states to participate.

They laughed. It seemed almost inconceivable to them that states would opt out. After all, the federal government will be paying the entire bill for three years for the expanded health insurance program for the poor, from 2014 to 2017, and then picking up at least 90 percent of the costs after that.

Ha ha ha. They would never do that. They would never hold the debt ceiling hostage, either, and they would never do [any insane shit that they've gone ahead and done at every opportunity over the last couple of years while Democrats complain ineffectually about how mean it is.] Besides, the hospitals! The American Hospital Association will raise all sorts of hell in these states that reject the Medicaid expansion. And then the wingnut governors… will just ignore them and do it anyway.

The White House should draw up a plan on this.

[Texas Tribune, McClatchy/KHH]

 

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Mittens Howell, III July 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Oops.

nounverb911 July 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Can we opt out of recognizing Texas's very existence, please?

Baconzgood July 9, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I did that 10 years ago and never looked back.

Callyson July 9, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I wish the people who allocate votes in the electoral college would do the same…

widestanceromance July 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm

See also Arizona, and Florida, also as well, too.

qwerty42 July 9, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Texas is probably 10-12 years away from becoming "majority minority" and voting patterns will begin a startling change.

emmelemm July 9, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Unless they succeed in enacting poll taxes and other voter requirements that the majority cannot meet.

/already happening

johnnyzhivago July 9, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Just give Texas back to Mexico, could it possibly do any worse?

sati_demise July 9, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Mexico has universal health care. so no, they would not take Texas.

rickmaci July 9, 2012 at 2:20 pm

They could refuse to take it back.

horsedreamer_1 July 9, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Ay, cabron, si lo rompio, lo compro.

Callyson July 9, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Who–Mexico? Yes, they could do much worse if they are stuck with Texas…

Tommy1733 July 9, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Sir, that is just heartless of you to suggest we inflict Texas back onto Mexico.

jaytingle July 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Exactly: if it isn't the US, why would Mexicans make any effort to go there? Oh, wait: guns.

Guppy July 9, 2012 at 3:19 pm

No one country is big enough for both Perry's and Peña Nieto's hair.

DaSandman July 9, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Even the Messicans won't take that shithole back. Can you blame them?

SorosBot July 9, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Hey, it's not like the poor vote – the Republican state legislatures have done a lot of work to make sure it's nearly impossible for them to do so.

mwittier July 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm

They just don't get the message anyhow, those Nail Ladies and gardeners. They're likely to be less-educated. They don't need to vote, not really.

PuckStopsHere July 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm

This is the whole enchilada. If we could get poor people to vote–and vote in their own self-interest–we'd have a whole lot less poor people in this country.

nounverb911 July 9, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I thought Doug Neidermeyer was killed by his own troops in Vietnam.

Doktor Zoom July 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm

"I told you guys we shouldn't have shot Lieutenant Niedermeyer!"

–Best throwaway line in the Twilight Zone movie

edgydrifter July 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Nailed it.

Mittens Howell, III July 9, 2012 at 2:14 pm

a state that proudly persecutes (executes) its poor, for fun

SayItWithWookies July 9, 2012 at 2:21 pm

The tags you're looking for are strike /strike, fyi.

Mittens Howell, III July 9, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Thanks! I can never get that rite right.

Mittens Howell, III July 9, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Perry called it the equivalent of adding more people to a sinking Titanic and proclaimed that he would send in a rescue iceberg.

PsycWench July 9, 2012 at 2:16 pm

If all the poors die, who's going to do the gardening and work at McDonalds? Think, Perry, think.

nounverb911 July 9, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Mexicans?

actor212 July 9, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Needs moar Messicans

CrunchyKnee July 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm

There's always a new crop of poors just a few missed paychecks away, dontchaknow.

SorosBot July 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Why do you think they're trying to prevent the poors from having access to abortions and birth control? That way they'll always be breeding the next generation of peasants to labor for the nobles.

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Prisoners

Doktor Zoom July 9, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Former members of "the middle class"?

widestanceromance July 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm

The poor ye shall always have [working for you].

BaldarTFlagass July 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm

"Perry called it the equivalent of adding more people to a sinking Titanic."

More like the Lusitania, with Perry playing the role of Kapitänleutnant Walther Schwieger of the Unterseeboot U-20.

anniegetyerfun July 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm

That sound you hear is Perry reading your comment and then climaxing onto his keyboard.

sullivanst July 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Who's going to be in charge of minting the Lusitania medals? Reince Priebus?

Chichikovovich July 9, 2012 at 2:38 pm

So many things you learn on Wonkette. All these years I thought his brother Helmut Schweiger was Kapitänleutnant.

IncenseDebate July 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm

The only healthcare Texas will pay for is the green needle.

comrad_darkness July 9, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Texas spends the most per person with worst outcomes. I say we send them zero federal dollars until they fix the docs own the hospitals and labs rampant referral fee scam system they've got down there.

real_dc_native July 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Why do you hate free market capitalism?

comrad_darkness July 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I'm all for it if it's not my tax money being stolen.

real_dc_native July 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Is there any other source of funds left in the Texas Paradise?

SayItWithWookies July 9, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Because a fully-funded mandate is a terrible infringement on states' rights.

actor212 July 9, 2012 at 2:18 pm

This would leave 1.3 million in Texas, a state that proudly persecutes its poor, for fun, without access to medical coverage.

Personally, I'm waiting for the remake of The Running Man where Texas lets poor people compete for healthcare.

"My mom has cancer. If I win, I'm going to the MAYO CLINIC!"

Doktor Zoom July 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm

The Cancer Games

actor212 July 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Needs moar sploding heads.

Chichikovovich July 9, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Whereupon the Richard Dawson character replies: But if you lose: [leering glance at audience] "Hold the Mayo!"

Audience: [Raucous laughter and applause]

emmelemm July 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I miss Richard Dawson.

caitifty July 9, 2012 at 6:17 pm

I think a few reality-tv shows along these lines would be all kinds of entertaining for political impact. Except instead of the Mayo Clinic we could send the winners to India or something like that so the viewers discover even putatively third world countries have better health care options than we do.

noodlesalad July 9, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Texas Republicans would cut off their noses to spite their faces, if they could figure out where their noses were, and who hid all the knives and other assorted pointy objects.

MrFizzy July 9, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Wonder if the Waffen SS provided health coverage for Rickie Boy while he was prancing around in those johdpurs and his Aggie garter belt.

Come here a minute July 9, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Did he mention it's also equivalent to putting more people in the gas chambers at Auschwitz? Or into the twin towers on 9/11? I guess he probably did.

Baconzgood July 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Tex-ass doing somthing stupid? Must be a week day.

Mittens Howell, III July 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Don't mess-ass with Tex-ass.

Mittens Howell, III July 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Someone looks all suited up for their All American dressage party.

nounverb911 July 9, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Is Rick the dancing horse's ass?

actor212 July 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm

His horse don't dance. It goose steps.

bureaucrap July 9, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Or a Kristallnacht.

el_donaldo July 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm

We know Perry has a kink; it just took us a while to narrow in on it.

edgydrifter July 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm

If enough of the uninsured poors get sick and die, you don't have to dream up new ways to keep them from voting. WIN-WIN!

johnnyzhivago July 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm

"Adding more people to a sinking Titanic" – just about sums up immigration to the United States.

anniegetyerfun July 9, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Ha! I think that's why so few people are coming in now. Me, I'm trying to figure out how to sneak into Germany.

SorosBot July 9, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Why do you think "illegal" immigration has dropped over the past few years?

coolhandnuke July 9, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Wow. Tom Cruise is almost as tall as the American Flag.

BigSkullF*ckingDog July 9, 2012 at 2:21 pm

How old is Perry? Shouldn't he have died at the age of 42 like the rest of the gays?

Jus_Wonderin July 9, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Rick Perry. No. 1 Fuckwad.

I really want to write his .gov and tell him what a fucking idiot he is. Texas, last in Healthcare or near the fucking bottom. <<<Oh, that is Perry to a T.

Jennyjen798 July 9, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Yup and you should see the bullshit the Texas Comptroller releases…
Business good! Poor people, bad! http://www.texastribune.org/texas-taxes/comptroll

Baconzgood July 9, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Why is the desk so tiny?

SayItWithWookies July 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm

That way Rick can stay on his knees all day.

Thurman Munster IV July 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Because his hands are small?

Eve8Apples July 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm

All the desk contains is a box of crayons so he can color in those books on the shelves.

Oblios_Cap July 10, 2012 at 8:54 am

Matches his dick size?

sati_demise July 9, 2012 at 2:23 pm

oh, yes, they will be forced to continue to pay for the poors emergency room visits.

the most expensive, inhumane way to deliver health care naturally.

mavenmaven July 9, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Perry is most proud of how many Texans he's killed since taking office, so why would he stop now?

Chick-Fil-Atheist™ July 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm

This is when Obama should call the Zetas and say, "Leave Arizona, New Mexico and California out of this…"

MumbletyRadio July 9, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Keep cheating your constituents out of their rightfully deserved life-preservers and this, Governor — like your impudent rejection of stimulus funds, pernicious overtures toward immigrant residents, and aggression toward Planned parenthood –should amount to a delectable shit sandwich, best enjoyed worn on top of your head for that trickle-down effect you find so winning.

sullivanst July 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Keep cheating your constituents out of their rightfully deserved life-preservers

You mean, kinda like not having remotely close to enough lifeboats because you pronounce the ship unsinkable?

MumbletyRadio July 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Literally, figuratively, both. Perry strikes me as the type who, if I were saying that to him — in person, as with small children — I'd have to take his own metaphor and hand it back to him dressed up a little, enunciating and holding eye contact to make sure he understands.

sullivanst July 9, 2012 at 2:45 pm

How dare that iceberg refuse to acknowledge Titanic Exceptionalism?

anniegetyerfun July 9, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Oh, Dems. Never underestimate a conservative state's willingness to watch its citizens die in order to spite a black leader.

BaldarTFlagass July 9, 2012 at 2:26 pm

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Callyson July 9, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Needs moar "Asshole."

BaldarTFlagass July 9, 2012 at 2:38 pm

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Better?

Callyson July 9, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Ah, that hit the spot…

OobyDoobyDoo July 9, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I dunno…I think you're still kind of vague on how you feel.

gvvt July 10, 2012 at 8:36 am

I'm sensing disappointment.

Toomush_Infer July 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm

I p'd you just for your stick-to-itiveness….

ManchuCandidate July 9, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Apparently Spite is also bigger in Tejas.

BaldarTFlagass July 9, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Why do I stay in this fucked up state? Must be some kind of Stockholm Syndrome. I guess we'd call it Ft. Stockton Syndrome down here.

rickmaci July 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Consistent with Texas tradition, Perry has exercised his authority with a totally irrational act of hubris, putting Texas in an impossible position with no possibility of a favorable outcome and sure death for a good number of Texans. Remember the Alamo!!!

Goonemeritus July 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm

These clowns would be funnier if real people weren’t actually dying. There is a special level in hell for pricks like this.

Jus_Wonderin July 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Ah, the answer. He is doing this for his afterlife and eternity of pricks. All makes sense now.

FNMA July 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Yes, there is. It's called "Texas."

Allmighty_Manos July 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Texas is determined at all costs to amuse the planet by falling behind Rwanda in well-being index by 2012.

BaldarTFlagass July 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm

But we'll still be ahead of Somalia!
Or maybe not.

sullivanst July 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Of course, the entire crux of Roberts' ruling was that he simply does not care for the Federal government encouraging States to do the right fucking thing by paying for all of it, and will not allow them to be compelled.

Seems to me like it's time for Sebelius to announce a categorical hardship exemption from the mandate for anyone who would've been eligible for expanded Medicaid but who isn't because their state is governed by fuckheads.

Doktor Zoom July 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm

You've probably got the basics of what will be done once the ACA goes into effect–in states that don't accept the Medicaid expansion, there's probably going to be something that HHS can do to balance, like maybe an expansion of the subsidies to purchase coverage on the exchanges. Maybe.

sullivanst July 9, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Unfortunately the ACA as written does not allow Exchange credits to go to individuals earning less than 100% of the Federal poverty level. I guess they wanted to force everyone below there into Medicaid probably because it's cheaper than the subsidies.

It'd need a legislative patch to fix that, and you just know the Republicans would never allow such legislation to pass without at least 25,000 poison pill amendments attached, if even then.

Terry July 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm

My first week in grad school at A&M, two young men dressed exactly like that including the sword chased me off some grass I was cutting across near the Student Center on campus. I never in my life imagined I'd be chased by men with swords, let alone for just walking on grass. It sort of set the tone for my whole time at that school.

The grass around the Student Center is a living memorial to Aggies who died in combat, well, until they tore a lot of it out to build an extension. Important enough to defend at sword point. Not important enough to actually keep.

BaldarTFlagass July 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Being here Deepinaharta, I meet a lot of Aggies. Occasionally I meet one that is sane, i.e. an un-Aggie.

actor212 July 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Good thing you weren't wearing a PLEDGE PIN!

prommie July 9, 2012 at 4:31 pm

And you stayed? I am serious, just you telling this story wierds me out to the nth degree, I would have run screaming andf never gone back to that place of insanity. I will never go there, now. Jesus Christ, what fucking strangeness.

Terry July 9, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Not long, two semesters in College Stagnation, then off to a lovely laboratory to begin construction of my creature, uh, conduct research.

Jennyjen798 July 9, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Aggies are just weird. A friend of mine tried to get me to join her @ college station for school but the more she talked about the traditions; the more it freaked me out. Was she going to college or joining a cult?

I remember one former aggie coworker of mine ONLY wanted to listen to the aggie band in the car pool home from work. Yay for Ipods. :o

horsedreamer_1 July 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Nihilists? Fuck me, Dude. Say what you will about the tenets of National Socialism Kenyan Mohammedan Lenism, at least it's an ethos.

unclejeems July 10, 2012 at 10:09 am

Shortly after the end of WW I, students at Baylor University in Waco did something to anger the Aggies. Probably beat them in football. Anyway, the Aggies loaded a train car full of ordnance left over from WW I and aimed it at the Baylor campus. At that time, there were tracks actually crossing campus–to deliver boys and girls to school. The authorities got wind of it, and intercepted the bomb.

In the 1960s and 1970s, when Rice University (then a member of the Southwest Conference) sent its football team to College Station to play A and effing M in football, it also sent the Marching Owl Band (the MOB) which fields, shall we say, non-traditional performances. When the MOB was playing a medley that made fun of the Aggies little doggie mascot, they were attacked by members of the Aggie Corps, resplendent in boots, hats and full uniforms–and armed with swords. The whole scene would have been reminiscent of a Marx Brothers movie, if the Aggies hadn't actually been serious.

Just sayin'–they've always been crazy. Perry's just a current example.

Terry July 10, 2012 at 10:34 am

I was at the A&M-Rice game in College Station in 1986. The Aggies were still pissed off over the Rice folks making fun of Reveille (the collie dog). When the Marching Owl Band took the field, all the "good Ags" stood and turned their back on the band. I didn't. I watched a hilarious show that included a salute to illegal immigration. The band formed the outline of the State of Texas, then had people with pool floats pretend to be swimming across the Rio Grande border.

Good Ags stand throughout football games to show their readiness to leap on to the field to play, should the need arise. (Years ago, someone did come out of the stands to play to replace a hurt player). One of the first games that Fall, it was really hot and I got lightheaded. Thought I was going to faint, so I sat down and put my head between my knees. The Good Ags around me (not my friends) started pointing at me and screaming "Two Percenter! Two Percenter!" and "Highway 6 brought you into town, it will take you out!". While I had my head between my knees trying not to faint. Ugly ass place.

SoBeach July 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm

The American Hospital Association will raise all sorts of hell in these states that reject the Medicaid expansion. And then the wingnut governors… will just ignore them and do it anyway.

No they won't. Once the election is over they'll quietly and conveniently forget their grandstanding and belly up to the the trough.

Estproph July 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm

What the doodlefucks in these states are doing is forcing all the poors to move away to states where they can get healthcare. Then they won't have poors anymore, which they think is a win for them – until they actually have to have their lawn mowed or buy a hamburger.

Toomush_Infer July 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Naw, this'll lower their unemployment numbers – see how great they are!…

prommie July 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm

This has been happening for decades because of the different levels of welfare benefits between, mostly, north vs. south. Agricultural industrialization (the tractor) first pushed blacks to the north for manufacturing jobs in places like NY, Chicago, and Detroit. But then as jobs dryed up poor blacks continued to migrate for the welfare benefits.

JohnyEdge July 9, 2012 at 5:50 pm

It's not really a problem. Only legal poors would be eligible for the medicaid expansion. Perry justs wants to reduce us Texans into two categories, rich and illegal–cause the legal poor have too many rights and cost too much.

BarackMyWorld July 9, 2012 at 2:33 pm

WHAT THE FUCK????

I'm sorry, let me rephrase that…

WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK???

DerrickWildcat July 9, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Bobby Jindal's swamp of despair and misery does not need any of your help!

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Rick Perry: Death Panel of One.

Fukui-sanRadioBarb July 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Perfect.

OneDollarJuana July 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm

The main stream Democrats, and the Obama administration in particular, never seem to get that Republican will shit on their own dinners, and eat them, just to spite the Democrats. These are not sane people we are dealing with.

Generation[redacted] July 9, 2012 at 2:58 pm

They're really pissed that they spent all their money on guns and ammo in '09 and there still hasn't been a second civil war yet.

emmelemm July 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm

"Yet."

SorosBot July 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm

He needs to kill more poors to make up for his heresy in preventing women from dying from cervical cancer.

dennis1943 July 9, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Some behaviors are described as "knee jerk"………..this behavior is just "jerk"…….

ChernobylSoup July 9, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Roberts didn't say jack squat about relocating military bases out of those states.

sullivanst July 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm

We should do that anyway, as preparation for consenting to their secession (whether they ask for it or not).

TootsStansbury July 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm

My thoughts exactly. That NASA thingy? You won't be needing that anymore, Texas.

Oblios_Cap July 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Wow! That picture really brings the definition of "anti-hero" to life!

fartknocker July 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm

It's always nice to my Governor puffing up his ginny cock chest struting around his $9,900/month rental house in Westlake looking out for the health and safety of Texans. I'm sure Rick and Anita's burning bush will have a press release later on this week telling Texans how they are protecting us from abortions.

The USAG has already ruled your supposed photo voting ID would disenfranchise about 900,000 blacks, hispanics and old folks. You and the Texas AG already are facing 3 lawsuits over your failure to fulfill several constitutional education mandates. Keep fucking that goat Ricky boy.

Maman July 9, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Nothing like playing the "Better Dead Than Red" game with other people's bodies.

Doktor Zoom July 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm

…the equivalent of adding more people lifeboats to a sinking Titanic

FTFY

Oh, but those would be government lifeboats, so, nahh, let 'em drown.

Toomush_Infer July 9, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Too bad the poors in Texas can't vote – they could vote that their legislators not get health care…

Nostrildamus July 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Of course not. That would be election fraud.

Comrade Wingtardd July 9, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Back off, Wonket, bro. And keep walkin. KEEP WALKIN.

prommie July 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm

He is actually, literally, Niedermayer! Holy shit! Why didn't his troops shoot him?

Thurman Munster IV July 9, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Because the fuckwad is like all chicken hawk republicans. He never got near a battlefield unless you include Miss Lindsey's panties

FNMA July 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm

"Miss" Lindsey's panties? I don't think Perry went anywhere near there either.

prommie July 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Jackboots! Holy fucking shit, actual honest to god Jackboots!

ttommyunger July 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm

I wore them here in Atlanta for 27 years as a Motorcycle Courier for the Banking/Legal Professions. Badge, gun, Sam Brown Belt. I learned after my retirement that customers referred to me as their "Nazi Courier". Good times!

Sassomatic July 9, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Texas can just solve its healthcare problem like it solved its drought problem: mass prayer. That worked well enough! Oh, it didn't? Huh.

qwerty42 July 9, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I kinda don't think this foolishness will work out so well for these nuts. I don't think the folks in their states are going to vote that heavily against their own interests.

sullivanst July 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Dude, this is Amercia we're talking about…

FNMA July 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Funniest comment in this thread.

HistoriCat July 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Sure they will:
1) socialism is bad
2) abortion trumps all other issues
3) the president is near

trust me – most of these people would vote against their own real interests for any one of those reasons.

qwerty42 July 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I don't see it being a winner. Here are the numbers for Texas in 2008: http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election200
Similar numbers for Georgia: http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election200

These states (and others) are changing. The attempts to prevent "minorities" from voting will delay, but not stop the trends. Perry even seemed to recognize this with some of the statements he made while on the stump.

chascates July 9, 2012 at 3:03 pm

First governor to take his state back to the 1850s gets a free cotton plantation.

OobyDoobyDoo July 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm

to quote my 22 year old daughter…"Rick Perry is a jack-ass."

cheetojeebus July 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm

It just baffles the shit out a me why so many 'mericans can be agin' this thing?

Generation[redacted] July 9, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Now watch health care improve in Texas, where Rick Perry shows us all how to do it right.

BoroPrimorac July 9, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Yeah, right. Perry must be ingesting some powerful shit if he thinks the Texas healthcare industry gangsters are going to pass up 1.3 million new Medicaid patients.

Jennyjen798 July 9, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Yup, you betcha. Lobbyists are going to be beating down the doors during the summer sessions. Nothing republicans love more than corporate welfare.

ttommyunger July 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Perry bridles at the comparison to the Titanic. He assures his fellow Texans they are not sinking like the Titanic but going onward and upward, like the Hindenburg….Stolen from Stephen Colbert's roast of Dubya. A classic if you haven't seen it (You tube).

Walkinwiddaking July 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm

I suppose on some level you could find the jodhpurs hot…if you're Tom Cruise.

DesertTed July 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Can we just give Texas back to Mexico? And if they won't take it, how about we throw in Arizona?

CogitoErgoSumo July 9, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Hey, at least in Texas they swab your arm with alcohol before the stick the death needle in. Wouldn't want you to get to hell…and have a cold, too. Preventive medicine on multiple levels, that. (Apologies to George Carlin.)

barto July 9, 2012 at 9:29 pm

it'll be a cold day in hell when someone overestimates the abject lunacy, and mean-spiritedness, of the GOP

NYNYNYjr July 9, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Rick Perry will not subject his poor to tyrranny. Live Free or Die. So, is this going to go on, like every time a state elects a Republican, he'll opt out for his term, and then when they elect a Dem, the states back in, on and on?

DahBoner July 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm

On the other hand, coyotes in Texas will continue to receive better health care than it's residents…..

UOCamila July 10, 2012 at 11:39 pm

One of the many reasons I'm glad I moved to Oregon. Oh, and for some reason, that picture of Perry always reminds me of the Aggie nut squeeze.

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