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This diary will be short, my only purpose in writing it is to refute a lie of Rick Perry's that I know from personal experience is a lie.

From Talking Points Memo:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), an ardent opponent of the Affordable Care Act, is in talks with Obama administration officials to accept an estimated $100 million in care for the elderly and disabled through Obamacare, Politico reported Tuesday night
Well, that's pretty good news for the elderly and disabled of Texas.  We should be happy about Perry getting his well coiffed head out of his behind to recognize that Texas needs help to support those who need it most, namely the elderly and disabled.

Here's where I got really annoyed.  The statement from his spokesman to Politico:

Long before Obamacare was forced on the American people, Texas was implementing policies to provide those with intellectual disabilities more community options to enable them to live more independent lives, at a lower cost to taxpayers.  The Texas Health and Human Services Commission will continue to move forward with these policies because they are right for our citizens and our state, regardless of whatever funding schemes may be found in Obamacare.
My daughter is on the waiting list, an "almost" recipient of the "policies to provide those with intellectual disabilities more communtiy options to enable them to live more independent lives."  (Translation: "We'll give you a pittance to keep your DD kid in the home rather than us having to institutionalize her.  Win-win!")

You know how long the waiting list is?

One year?
Two years?
Three years?

Wrong, wrong, wrong!

It's TEN YEARS long.

Every year I have to put in a call to Yvette, who keeps the rolls.  She's the sweetest woman you have ever met, full of sympathy for our long wait.  Loves to chat about the kids with DD, you can tell she really cares.

You know who doesn't care?

Rick Perry.  He lies about Texas taking care of their disabied.  Who knows by the time my daughter makes it through her ten year wait, they probably will have gutted the program some more.

You stink, Ricky.  Bad.

Originally posted to coquiero on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 04:50 PM PDT.

Also republished by KosAbility and Parenting on the Autism Spectrum.

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