For those who wondered why I was so eager to support Rick Perry, here is a great example. Governor Rick Perry and the state legislature banned Planned Parenthood from the states Texas’ Women’s Health Program. Obama threatened to cut funding to the entire program. Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Thomas Suehs signed the rule anyway. And now, Team Obama, you know the administration that cares so much about women’s health, has followed through on their threat. Tina Korbe has the rest of the story
Yes, the Obama administration actually does want to cut funding and jeopardize the Texas’ Women’s Health Program entirely. He cares more to protect Planned Parenthood than he does to protect women’s health, in general. Fortunately for low-income women in Texas, Rick Perry won’t stand for it. Via Guy Benson:
Perry, who slammed the federal government constantly during his short-lived bid for the Republican presidential nomination, has directed state health officials to find the funding to keep the program going from other parts of the budget, but he has promised not to raise revenues to cover the costs.
Governor Perry was on the Mike Gallagher Show the other morning, and talked about this. He stressed the right of Texas to determine how the money is spent
The Obama administration had pledged to stop funding the Women’s Health Program because federal law requires women to be able to choose any qualified clinic. Gov. Rick Perry counters that states have the right, under federal law, to determine qualified providers in the program.The program provides care to about 130,000 women between the ages of 18 and 44 earning less than $20,000 a year or less than $41,000 for a family of four — with federal funds paying 90 percent of its cost and Texas covering the rest. Mann said that last year it cost about $41 million, and about $34 million of that came from Washington.
Good for our governor, we are damned lucky to have him. The Obama administration has no respect for the 10th amendment, or for helping women get health care. Could the distinction be any clearer?
UPDATE!! Texas is also going to fight the over reaching feds over the Texas voter ID law! video at twhe link
Perry defended Texas’ right to institute a voter ID law, saying they’ve had several cases of fraud problems that a voter ID would cure. He also suggested he can only surmise that those opposed to the law must only want to win elections by fraudulent means.
And when it comes to beating Eric Holder and the DOJ, he says that he’s ready to take this case all the way to the Supreme Court, who he notes has already ruled in favor of states implementing voter ID laws:
Like I said, this is why I like Perry so much! I think he deserves a spot in my Politically INcorrect Hall of Fame!