In response to:

Perry: Texas Will Not Be Setting Up ObamaCare Exchanges

CW14 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 8:36 AM
Don’t be fooled. Perry sounds tough but if he really wanted to take a stand on the HC issue he should do something about the laws that require hospitals & ERs to treat people who can’t or won’t pay and pass that cost on to others. How about forcing these people to pay for their OWN care, as they should have been doing all along, & take away the Left’s justification for Obamacare.
retire05 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 12:20 PM
And just how do you propose any state governor abolish a Supreme Court ruling that people (not necessarily citizens) are entitled to ER care no matter their ability to pay?

Put your brain into gear before you put your fingers into motion.
SoldierMomX2 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 9:48 AM
It was not that long ago that people DID pay for their own healthcare and insurance was purchased rather cheaply for major health issues, not colds and hang nails. That is the problem, once the PPO's and the HMO's came into play that raised costs. You pool people together to make it "cheap" when really it inflates the cost and encourages abuse. Besides, if we got rid of the PPO's and HMO's you would see the cost of visits DROP. No more flat fees, Drs. would be competing for your business. We probably would not be dealing with a resistence to anti-biotics either, since people would let their bodies heal instead of running to the Dr. for every little runny nose. When you buy car insurance, it doesn't cover maintenance.
Lance6161 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 8:53 AM
He would be breaking existing law stating that medical treatment cannot be refused.
CW14 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 9:43 AM
It isn't necessary to refuse treatment, but it also is not necessary to pass the cost on to everyone else. If you show up for treatment and don't have the cash to pay the hospital can put you on a payment plan. & if you still don't pay your wages can be garnished or your assets taken. Sounds harsh but what better incentive for people to think about having insurance. Right now, when others have to foot their bill, they have no incentive at all. That doesn't change with Obamacare or with Perry's refusal to participate in an exchange.
Becca in TX Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 10:15 AM
CW-Perry doesn't have the authority to overturn federal law.
CW14 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 3:50 PM
Is there a law that says you can't hold people responsible for the charges they incur after you treat them??? If there is such a law, Perry's time and political capital would be far better served addressing THAT (at least it would have been before Obamacare became law). As I said, the justification for Obamacare is that the rest of us end up paying for the freeloaders. The solution to that is to go after the freeloaders, not "transform" the HC system. Perry, like most republicans, doesn't seem to get this.
JudithBG Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 8:44 AM
Forcing people, as you suggested, will get you no where fast. Frankly, I wish I could move to Texas.
The Texas Eagle Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 9:40 AM
You can. Come on down, you are welcome.
Lance6161 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 10:00 AM
We (I'm a native of MA, and the wife is a native of CA) had the blessing of living in Cedar Hill, TX for four years.

I tell folks, when we received orders for TX, she cried. When we left TX, she cried HARDER.

Tejas will ALWAYS be considered our second home.

God bless the Grand Republic of Texas, as He has for so long!

The battle between the states and the feds on ObamaCare started years ago when the monstrous legislation passed however now that President Obama has won a second term with Democrats in charge of the Senate, ObamaCare will become a reality and is the law of the land. But, there's a catch. States have to set up ObamaCare exchanges for the legislation to be fully workable. Texas Governor Rick Perry made it clear yesterday his state would not be participating.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry officially notified the federal government on Thursday that the state will not set...