Governor Perry, the Inconsistent

On Sunday, The Dallas Morning News adds a “Points” section to the paper; this section includes expanded commentary on current national and international issues.  Also included are notable quotes spoken or written during the previous week.

This week, one such quote, from Texas Governor Rick Perry, caught my attention:

The state has a responsibility to prevent the needless suffering of our most vulnerable citizens.” — Gov. Rick Perry, endorsing legislation called the Preborn Pain Act, to ban abortions in Texas after 20 weeks (The Dallas Morning News, Thursday)

If this is true, Gov. Perry, then why the inconsistency with accepting federal Medicaid assistance that is offered as part of the Affordable Health Care Act?  Are the children of the poor, of the homeless, not also vulnerable?  Is there not a responsibility to prevent suffering, period?

I am thankful for those in Austin who continue to pressure for a change in position.  Other state legislatures and governors have reversed their decisions, humbly agreeing with the citizen’s stance.  Why not Texas?

For further information on the uninsured in Texas, click here:  

And for the current stance by organizations pressuring for a change, including Texas Impact, see this follow up article by Manny Fernandez of the New York Times:  

In the meantime….

Whatever my feelings are about the Affordable Care Act, and how to pay for it, I simply cannot agree with Governor Perry in his arrogant and presumptive rejection of federal funds intended to help our state’s uninsured citizens.

I have faith that, given the opportunity, my fellow Texans will send a stronger message to Washington….that we do not agree with him, and will accept relief for our uninsured neighbors while the debate for healthcare reform continues.