Saturday, July 25, 2009

Texas Sovereignty Trumps Government Health Care

Good news for a Saturday morning. Texas may invoke 10th amendment state's rights if the nightmare of government health care becomes reality. I expect other state's to follow.

Rick Perry
Interviewed by conservative talk show host Mark Davis of Dallas’ WBAP/820 AM, Perry said his first hope is that Congress will defeat the plan, which both Perry and Davis described as "Obama Care." But should it pass, Perry predicted that Texas and a "number" of states might resist the federal health mandate.
"I think you’ll hear states and governors standing up and saying 'no’ to this type of encroachment on the states with their healthcare," Perry said. "So my hope is that we never have to have that stand-up. But I’m certainly willing and ready for the fight if this administration continues to try to force their very expansive government philosophy down our collective throats."
"It really is a state issue, and if there was ever an argument for the 10th Amendment and for letting the states find a solution to their problems, this may be at the top of the class," Perry said. "A government-run healthcare system is financially unstable. It’s not the solution."
According to this report, Texas has "a higher percentage of uninsured people than any other state."
Under the Senate version of the bill, she said [Arlene Wohlgmuth - Texas Public Policy Foundation], an expansion of the joint federal-state Medicaid program for the poor could cost Texas $4 billion a year.
With over 1.7 million illegals in Texas in 2007, 14% of the nation's total illegals, providing universal health care to those illegals is already and enormous burden for the Texas taxpayer, but will be even more so if government health care becomes law. Roy Beck at NumbersUSA warns that Obama's coming push for amnesty will deceptively change the real cost of health care for illegals.
Previous studies have shown that illegal aliens account for nearly all of the growth in the uninsured in recent years. One of the reasons open-borders advocates would rather push an amnesty through Congress before health care legislation is that the publicized cost of the amnesty would be far less if national health coverage isn't included.
One bright light in whole depressing aura of government health care is Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) who at least, doesn't seem to think that American's should be paying for the health care of illegals, and who voted against the 2007 amnesty legislation.
A story by Jim Landers of the Dallas Morning News quoted Baucus [Senator Max Baucus] who is the Senate Finance Committee chairman. He said that health care reforms that aim to insure every American won’t provide insurance for illegal immigrants and may not address the cost to state and local governments for providing medical care to this large group of the uninsured.
Baucus recognizes that illegal immigrants comprise 15-22% of the estimated 47 million U.S. residents without health insurance.
Leaders of various open-borders groups cried out that the health care reform has to provide full medical coverage to all illegal aliens. While illegal aliens get all kinds of free medical care already, primarily through emergency rooms and the like, including them in national health insurance would cost the equivalent of a bank bailout.
I see the coming gathering storm: health care and amnesty walk hand-in-hand.

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