Governor Rick Perry has said there will be no state health exchanges in Texas. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, Perry made his intentions very clear.
“Our state will not be a party to helping facilitate the taxation of millions of Texans, at an unknown cost, to implement bad public policy.”
Although a state rejecting to set up exchanges does not nullify the unconstitutional federal mandate, it is a start in eliminating the Affordable Care Act. The law only appropriates funds for the exchanges, if it is created by the state.
As Michael Maharrey, Communications Director, of the Tenth Amendment Center said, “This is a good first step. The feds depend on state cooperation to make these huge programs work. If a large number of states refuse to set these exchanges up, it puts and increasing burden on the federal bureaucracy, one I’m not convinced they are really prepared to deal with. It will definitely gum up to works, and it sets the stage for more aggressive state action to block implementation of this unconstitutional act.”
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