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Rick Perry Publicly Denounces Obamacare, While Quietly Accepting $100 Million in Funding

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry has been an outspoken critic of Obamacare, but Texas health officials are currently negotiating with the White House to accept $100 million in federal money to implement an Obamacare Medicaid plan.

Perry previously turned down $100 billion in federal funding to expand the state’s Medicaid program. In April, he called the expansion a joke, according to ThinkProgress.

“Seems to me April Fool’s Day is the perfect day to discuss something as foolish as Medicaid expansion, and to remind everyone that Texas will not be held hostage by the Obama administration’s attempt to force us into the fool’s errand of adding more than a million Texans to a broken system,” said Perry.

On Tuesday, Perry blasted the Obama administration over Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius’ visit to Texas to promote Obamacare to young people.

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"If ObamaCare were sound health care policy, Secretary Sebelius wouldn't have to resort to video contests and prizes to tempt people to sign up,” Perry said in a statement. “Texans are already subject to too much costly and burdensome federal regulation, and ObamaCare only makes the problem worse."

The contest, “Health Young America,” encouraged young people to make videos to share their experiences with health insurance.

Perry has changed his tune when it comes to Community First Choice, an optional program of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that provides aid for the elderly and disabled.

According to a statement from Perry spokesman Josh Havens, it was always the governor’s plan to extend health services to the disabled.

“Long before Obamacare was forced on the American people, Texas was implementing policies to provide those with intellectual disabilities more community options to enable them to live more independent lives, at a lower cost to taxpayers,” the statement read. “The Texas Health and Human Services Commission will continue to move forward with these policies because they are right for our citizens and our state, regardless of whatever funding schemes may be found in Obamacare.”

Sources: Politico, ThinkProgress, Fox News