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PerryCare, Texas style

Well, this is going to put some pressure on Rep. Michele Bachmann, who is about to roll out her own health care plan. Rick Perry has some ideas.
On Wednesday night, the governor's camp released an early sketch of what his health care plan could entail. Perry spokesman Mark Miner said the first thing the governor would do as president is work with Congress to repeal "Obamacare." Then he would "start over," first by working to stabilize the country’s economy for employers, then by trying to "free states from federal mandates and empower them to develop innovative solutions." Finally, he would attempt to lower skyrocketing health care costs "through the proven, market-based strategies of transparency, choice and competition." Perry wants states to be given flexibility and incentives to foster competition in the insurance market, to design solutions for patients with pre-existing conditions, to lower costs for small businesses and to implement Texas-style tort reform, Miner said.

Cuz those market-based strategies have worked so well so far. But doesn't "proven, market-based strategies of transparency, choice and competition" sound an awful lot like a health insurance exchange? Chances are, Perry doesn't really know what's in that "Obamacare" he's so intent on destroying, except for the fact that it doesn't have "Texas-style tort reform."

Because what the nation has been missing is Texas-style reforms.

Of all 50 states, Texas has the worst rate of health insurance coverage and mental health spending, and the second worst rate of low-income people covered by Medicaid and per capita spending on Medicaid. It has the lowest percentage of pregnant women receiving prenatal care. It ranks 44th in health care expenditures per capita.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 11:22 AM PDT.

Also republished by TexKos-Messing with Texas with Nothing but Love for Texans and Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (28+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 11:22:59 AM PDT

  •  When someone spouts these talking points, I wish (11+ / 0-)

    someone would reply with:

    "And that means WHAT to me"

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White

    by zenbassoon on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 11:25:03 AM PDT

    •  Is that supposed to be a question? (0+ / 0-)

      The way you wrote it, it is a statement of fact. You are telling him that what he said means the word WHAT to you. That sounds like a strange thing to say to somebody.

      Don't tell me what you believe. And don't tell me what you do. I barely know you.

      by doc2 on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 05:03:29 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  What empower them to develop innovative solutions (0+ / 0-)

      means is a bunch of double talk.

      Plutocracy too long tolerated leaves democracy on the auction block, subject to the highest bidder ~ BILL MOYERS

      by Lefty Coaster on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 05:37:54 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  tort reform usually means some sort of cap on (13+ / 0-)

    payouts. i've always wanted to ask, especially these macho macho types, "if you went into surgery to fix a hernia & came out without your dick... what would be a reasonable settlement? couple hundred thou?"

    Who cares what banks may fail in Yonkers. Long as you've got a kiss that conquers.

    by rasbobbo on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 11:33:03 AM PDT

  •  And notice that Rick Perry... (4+ / 0-)
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    texasmom, tmo, vidanto, JesterDel

    ...by wanting to repeal what he derisively calls "Obamacare," expresses his willingness to see folks get denied health coverage due to pre-existing conditions. Rick Perry also wants health insurance companies to use powers of "recission" to further deny folks health insurance. He also wants seniors to have to pay ever higher prescription costs because of a "donut hole." If Perry and his Republican friends didn't want to brand themselves as enemies of working Americans like me, they should never have so militantly opposed health care reform and then try to derisively use the term "Obamacare" to describe it.

    The people united will never be defeated.

    by alaprst on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 11:41:03 AM PDT

    •  How about maximum lifetime (2+ / 0-)
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      benefits?  We've carried our own insurance since 1996 and as of now we finally have NO maximum lifetime limit.  (whew!)

      So if Perry and friends abolish the ACA, how will that work?  Will our limits suddenly reset to $0 or will they pick right up where they were in 2010?  What about the benefits paid during the time benefit caps were suspended?  We will be stuck with a $1 million lifetime cap again - which could go quickly with a longtime policy like ours.

      Sounds like a legal nightmare and a future market for class action suits.

      The same may be said for parents who can now cover their children to age 26 if necessary.  Will those young people automatically lose their coverage?

      These are the personal kind of questions that need to be asked of GOP candidates and those already serving in Congress.

      The truth always matters.

      by texasmom on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 01:31:30 PM PDT

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      •  I can't wait to see Rick Perry... (4+ / 0-)
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        ...and other Republicans put on the defensive over their cruel and rude rhetoric against folks like me who struggle just to make ends meet and benefits that could help many of us survive.

        The people united will never be defeated.

        by alaprst on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 01:44:14 PM PDT

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        •  They won't be put on the defensive (2+ / 0-)
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          You honestly think the media or even more Democrats are going to take Perry or Bachmann to task for supporting dismantling Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Healthcare Act?  Hell no they won't.  Hell, Paul Ryan and congressional republicans DID vote to repeal the AHCA and Medicare and the media was mostly silent.

  •  What? No mention of bartering (7+ / 0-)

    with chickens?

    May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 01:29:43 PM PDT

  •  Insurance "competition" is a big lie (5+ / 0-)

    Most people want a choice of medical care provider.  They don't want to be told that they have to go to see old Dr. Schmo, who dissed them last time and who thinks that they're malingering when they're really sick.  They don't want to be told that they can't have the medicine they really need.

    But insurance is not medical care.  It's a financial instrument.  An HMO is a financial instrument wrapped up with extra layers of interference in your care, but it's still a financial instrument.

    The way the US medical system now works is that providers negotiate prices with insurance companies.  Not individual doctors, but hospitals and big groups.  The results depend on market power:  A big insurance company in a market with many popular providers (especially hospitals) that it won't pay more than something or other, take it or leave it.  And a big provider can tell a variety of small insurance companies that they can pay its price or their ratepayers won't be allowed to use that provider.  Would you change doctors if your insurance company couldn't make a good deal with your current one, or would you switch to another insurance company?  I think I know the answer.

    Maybe I should make that latter paragraph into a Post (new name for diary?) so that I can put in a poll, just to prove the point.

    So if you have Perry-style "reform", with lots of financial companies negotiating against powerful providers, rates do not go down!  Patients need a strong intermediary, not a bankster.  That's why Medicare rates are coming under control.  That's how come Japanese private care is so much cheaper than ours -- the prices are set by the government.

    Perry instead wants to have more McAllen-style fiascos.  McAllen, Texas has among the country's highest medical costs.  The proprietary hospitals are getting rich off of the insurance system.

  •  Perry: (2+ / 0-)
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    Pointy-haired boss in Dilbert.

    No one ever died from laughing too often

    by googie on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 04:49:30 PM PDT

  •  What a jerkface n/t (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Alan Grayson said it best of a similar GOP plan (6+ / 0-)

    for health care:

    "Don't get sick! And if you do get sick, die quickly!"

    I'd much rather be a champion of the powerless than a lickspittle of the powerful. State Senator Rodney Ellis (D - TX)

    by blueyescryinintherain on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 04:52:01 PM PDT

  •  you know, our lousy world ranking in health care (3+ / 0-)
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    might be a lot better if we didn't have those red states dragging the rest of us down.

  •  Will Perry call his plan Perrycare? (Ob docs (1+ / 0-)
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    and nurses will get it.)

    What all the rethug clowns are saying is that they don't know what to do about anything.  No specifics unless, like John McCain, they have secret plans for getting Bin Laden, whoops, for getting the economy going.  Things are such a mess on every front that no one in office or seeking office has a clue about what to do, and if they did, it would never get through the nut House.

  •  hey now (1+ / 0-)
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    You can't blame texas for the lack of prenatal care....it's gotta be all them illegal women sneaking across the Rio Grande making them look bad.

    /sarcasm

  •  Okay, that's it. (0+ / 0-)

    I am done with this Perry guy. I tried giving him a chance, approaching him with an open mind, but I've heard enough.

    Don't tell me what you believe. And don't tell me what you do. I barely know you.

    by doc2 on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 05:01:35 PM PDT

  •  Maybe David Barton will give him... (0+ / 0-)

    some health care tips this weekend, when the TX prophet attends a summit co-hosted by the insanely hateful Barton.  

    "The United States will not be able to dictate the pace and scope of this change. Only the people of the region can do that. But we can make a difference." 3/28/11

    by BarackStarObama on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 05:08:43 PM PDT

  •  The only thing missing from that excellent (2+ / 0-)
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    picture on the front page of this article of the doctor w/ a chainsaw is it's the wrong finger pointing up, should be the 3d finger.

    That would say it all.

  •  Some major medical ironies here in TX (2+ / 0-)
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    One in 4 of our residents have no health insurance at all.

    Texas has some truly world-class hospitals and medical facilities. People come from across the US and overseas for cancer and cardiac treatment, and we were proud to have Gabby Giffords at Memorial Herman TIRR for her rehab.

    Perry himself recently had some back surgery involving an innovative stem-cell treatment. They were his own (adult) stem cells, but nonetheless... this is a medical protocol unavailable to many of the rest of us.

    You cannot enlighten the unconscious.

    by cassandracarolina on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 05:09:54 PM PDT

  •  Market-based solutions to healthcare?!? (4+ / 0-)

    Are you shitting me?  There is no "free market" in healthcare.  How the hell is it a free market is >20% of the population can't even get a policy or afford the coverage?  Even those who do have a policy hate it.  This guy is delusional beyond belief.

  •  Do these statistics include illegal immigrants? (0+ / 0-)

    Try not to go after me for just askin' the question.

    That does have an impact.

    - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

    by r2did2 on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 05:20:22 PM PDT

  •  Note the comforting words (1+ / 0-)
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    Dave925

    Empower... innovative solutions... proven...

    Most stupid people (i.e. the Republican base) fall for such rhetoric easily, regardless of the facts or lack of meaning of those blatantly false words.

    That guy's good. He has a very good shot at the nomination.

  •  Not even a new BUZZWORD since summer 2010. (1+ / 0-)
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    It's incredible that a year can pass and the republicans still don't seem ashamed that they can't name what they'd like to replace our current HCR.  Even the vague slogans are the same vague slogans.

    Inland: A privately held corporation spun off from the Womb Division of MomCo a half century or so ago.

    by Inland on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 06:04:08 PM PDT

  •  Market-Based Strategies! That's a Laugh! (1+ / 0-)
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    The only thing market-based strategies have accomplished with regard to health care is to obscenely raise prices, drastically cut more people out of the system so they become ineligible for care (according to their rules), and driven the already wide and deep chasm between the classes even wider and deeper.

    I not only feel badly for those of us who are impacted by these absurd GOP goals and strategies, I pity the poor fools who fall for it every time. I think they've been brainwashed to to react to fear -- and every time they vote for the GOP and against their own self-interests.

    Has anyone seen the president I voted for?

    by RevJoe on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 06:10:03 PM PDT

  •  Perrycare = Enroncare (1+ / 0-)
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    Dave925

    If grandma loved being ^$$#ed over on her electric bills, wait till you see Perry turn Medicare into Enroncare.

    9-11 changed everything? Well, Katrina changed it back.

    by varro on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 08:31:01 PM PDT

  •  Perrycare (0+ / 0-)

    Under Rick Perry the "Wack-A-Doodle from Waco" the dead will be piled up like cord wood in the streets as he waits for his prayers to answered and God to clean up the mess and help these people. He`ll help them alright,help them shuffle off this mortal coil! Beware Rick Perry,God,Guns,and more DUH than Duh-Bya!

  •  Healthcare? Perry style? (0+ / 0-)

    This is just Perry's shoot from the lip style with no substance.  He speaks in bumper stickers for the tea bagger crowd with no thought given to the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that make up healthcare in this nation.  He hasn't fixed the Texas healthcare system but only made it more profitable for big insurance.  That is hardly fixing it for the end user.  I guess we will really never reach a point where Republicans grasp that it is the end user who is the consumer and must be satisfied rather than judging the success of something based on the bottom line of the corporation which delivers the product!

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