Kill Obamacare Senator Cruz? Texas is in!
This week, Texas senator Ted Cruz is engaged in a pitched battle to defund Obamacare. He has pledged to filibuster any bill to fund the government that includes money for the Affordable Care Act.
Last week, Texas governor Rick Perry went out of his way to insult the new program. In a letter he sent directing the Texas Department of Heath and Human Services to reject federal funds meant to enable the state to insure more low-income citizens through Medicaid, Governor Perry told the Texas HHS to ask for the funds as a block grant to be used to teach Texans “personal responsibility.”
Meanwhile back at the ranch… At the very same time Governor Perry was disparaging Obamacare, and Senator Cruz was trying to kill it, the director of the Texas’ high risk insurance pool (known as THIP) was notifying Texans that Obamacare sign up is set to begin October 1, telling them how great the new program is, and encouraging them to enroll.
Texas resident Egberto Willies writes in Addicting Info that his wife, who has Lupus, unable to buy health insurance due to a previously existing medical condition, has been forced to get her insurance through THIP. Last week, she received an upbeat letter from the director of the program, happily informing her that Obamacare is being implemented in Texas. She was warned when the federal program kicks in, the Texas high risk pool will no longer be needed and is going to end.
While the letter never refers to the Affordable Care Act, or even Obamacare by name, it gives accurate information about where to go to purchase coverage through the new Obamacare exchanges. The last paragraph extols the virtues of the our new national heathcare program, and without ever naming it, brags about how there will now be no lifetime caps on coverage, and how some preventive care services will now have no co-pay. It also stresses how important it is to sign up.
A copy of the letter appears below:
One has to wonder, who’s going to tell Governor Perry and Senator Cruz?
And can I be there?
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