One of the staunchest opponents to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare is Texas Governor Rick Perry. A little over two weeks ago, at a campaign stop for New Jersey Senate candidate Steve Lonegan Gov. Perry called the law “a criminal act” saying its implementation “reaches to the point of being a felony toward” young men and women in the audience he was addressing. He also notoriously rejected the federal expansion of Medicaid and was one of 36 governors who refused to set up state health insurance exchanges, leaving the responsibility to the federal government to set them up for Texans.
Gov. Perry has said in the past that part of his objection to Obamacare is that he believes the states are best able to regulate healthcare for its citizens. Only, according to The Texas Tribunehttp://www.texastribune.org/2013/10/17/texas-prepares-shutter-high-risk-insurance-pool/, Texas is shutting down its program serviced a pool of high-risk residents, many with pre-existing conditions and chronic illnesses by the end of the year. “With many of the health plan options in the federal marketplace being cheaper than the high-risk pool and covering additional benefits,” the Texans in the high-risk pool may “see their [healthcare] costs halved in the marketplace.”
As a condition of this state-run marketplace, the costs are significantly higher given the high-risk nature of the patients it enrolls in plans. The pool will close on January 1, 2014, and those currently-enrolled have to sign-up for a new insurance plan by December 15 or they might experience a lapse in coverage. Even though their plans may be cheaper with more coverage options, critics of Obamacare say this is another example of citizens losing their coverage, and perhaps even access to preferred doctors.
Still the move does seem to contradict Gov. Perry’s position that state-run healthcare is best for Texans.