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Rick Perry's prayers won't help fund health care for low-income women. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
As many as 130,000 Texas women will lose access to basic health and family planning services because the state refuses to comply with federal law by writing Planned Parenthood out of the state's Women's Health Program, a Medicaid-waiver program. Because they are in violation of federal law, they'll lose Medicaid funding for the program.
The Health and Human Services Department will "let Texas know that that waiver will not be extended," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Friday, according to The Associated Press.

Sebelius said the money will be phased out between May and September, the AP reports, to give the women enrolled in the Women's Health Program a chance to find alternative care.

Ninety percent of the program's fund is Medicaid funding from the federal government. The program provides everything from cancer screenings to reproductive health services. Gov. Rick Perry has pledged to find money to offset that loss. Given the state's economic problems, and Perry's own disdain for the population this program serves, that's likely to prove an empty promise.

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 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 Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 01:14:53 PM PDT

  •  The "new" funding should have been in the same (3+ / 0-)
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    GAladybug, moiv, splashy

    bill.

    Otherwise they are just jerks.  

    ....oh wait.

    Bob "Trans-Vaginal" McDonnell...just saying...again ... and again....

    by NCJim on Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 01:24:18 PM PDT

  •  Why can't we just let them go? (1+ / 0-)
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    Portlaw

    Really. I've worked there, worked for companies based there, and in all those years the best thing I've ever seen or heard about it is that Austin doesn't suck nearly as much as the rest of it.

    It's a cancerous tumor on this nation, sucking up resources while diminishing its host's ability to heal and grow.

    "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

    by Greyhound on Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 01:48:31 PM PDT

    •  That's us, a veritable cancer (0+ / 0-)

      Actually, cancerous tumors will be the lot of an as-yet unknown number of the women who are being summarily deprived of the only health care they have.

      Politicians on both sides of this issue get to strike what passes for a righteous pose for their respective constituencies, and the women pay.

      My family has lived in Texas since 1821. In the early days, it was often said that Texas was "hell on horses and women." During the last two centuries, Texas women have survived war, pestilence, drought, fire, tornados, hurricanes, numerous periods of economic hardship and various stripes of political and cultural oppression.

      We have thrived despite harsh and hostile environments, which perhaps explains why some of us visit sites such as this one.

      The women of Texas will survive Rick Perry, too. Thank you for your good wishes.

      "Texas is going to shrink government until it fits into a woman's uterus." -- Texas State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

      by moiv on Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 06:06:36 PM PDT

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  •  And to think I just heard a TP bigwig on (1+ / 0-)
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    Portlaw

    Martin Bashir say that the GOP dream ticket would be Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry.  In a rational nation this is a ticket that rally all minorities and all women.  Why any women remain in RW camps is mystifying because the old white guys seem to fear/hate us so much.  Perhaps it is the Stockholm Syndrome on estrogen and steroids.

    Romney went to France instead of serving in our military, got rich chop-shopping US businesses and eliminating US jobs, off-shored his money in the Cayman Island"s, and now tells us to "Believe in America."

    by judyms9 on Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 02:03:24 PM PDT

  •  Well, they are NOT going to (1+ / 0-)
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    GAladybug

    win their War on Women. United we stand

    •  Not so united (0+ / 0-)

      Not when the subject of this diary is mistreatment of the low-income women of Texas. Not when Greyhound's comment above calls Texas a cancerous tumor--not when that was a comment that you recommended.

      I do realize and understand that clicking the "recommend" button can be done without much prior deliberation, but that was a most mean-spirited comment. I hope that it does not reflect your true sentiments, because Texas is currently Ground Zero in the War on Women, and we need all the support we can muster.

      "Texas is going to shrink government until it fits into a woman's uterus." -- Texas State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

      by moiv on Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 05:58:15 PM PDT

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  •  Perry's got deep pockets...Yeah, right...n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    “The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.” — Marcus Aurelius

    by LamontCranston on Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 04:52:54 PM PDT

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