Thursday, August 22, 2013

Obamacare Opponent Perry Seeks $100 Million Of Its Funds

Though Republicans railed against President Obama's stimulus package, quite a few of them used stimulus funds in their home states. Among them was Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Perry's hypocrisy continues. Perry has called Obamacare a "monstrosity," stated that he won't implement it and criticized Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for supporting it during a trip to Texas. Despite his opposition, Perry is now negotiating for $100 million in Obamacare funds:

Gov. Rick Perry wants to kill Obamacare dead, but Texas health officials are in talks with the Obama administration about accepting an estimated $100 million available through the health law to care for the elderly and disabled, POLITICO has learned.

Perry health aides are negotiating with the Obama administration on the terms of an optional Obamacare program that would allow Texas to claim stepped-up Medicaid funding for the care of people with disabilities.

The so-called Community First Choice program aims to enhance the quality of services available to the disabled and elderly in their homes or communities. Similar approaches have had bipartisan support around the country. About 12,000 Texans are expected to benefit in the first year of the program.

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