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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Not letting Rick Perry out-crazy him.
Sen. Ted Cruz isn't going to let all the stupid in Texas belong to Gov. Rick Perry. At Monday's press conference, Perry, Cruz and Sen. John Cornyn joined forces to inform uninsured Texans that they're just going to have to stay uninsured because it was all just a shifty Obama trick and because freedom. Cruz took it up a notch, though, telling those uninsured that being insured would be bad for them.
“Our friends who are saying they want health care do not realize that expanding Medicaid will worsen health care options for the most vulnerable among us in Texas,” Cruz said.
Silly people wanting health care. Those greedy uninsured people with their expanded Medicaid are just going to make all the other greedy uninsured people suffer more. Also, too. It would put violent criminals on the street.
If you want state funds to provide for our prisons and law enforcement to incarcerate violent criminals and keep them off the streets you should be glad we’re not signing up for this Medicaid expansion because every state that does so is going to be regretting it mightily because the pressure is going to crowd out just about every other priority in the budget.
Meanwhile, Texas has the highest rate of uninsured in the country, with more than two million people lacking insurance. A Texas-based economic and financial analysis firm, the Perryman Group, analyzed the benefits to the state under Medicaid expansion and concluded that for “every dollar spent by the State for additional Medicaid coverage, total spending in the economy would go up by $43.50, output (real gross product) would rise by $21.72, personal income would grow by $14.34, and retail sales would expand by $6.13.” Expanding Medicaid in Texas could save nearly 3,000 lives.

But Ted Cruz and Rick Perry can't run for president as Republicans if they agree to anything that has anything to do with Obamacare. What's a few thousand lives saved compared to that?

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 08:18 AM PDT.

Also republished by Houston Area Kossacks and Daily Kos.

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