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Texas Gov. Perry May Use States Rights to Reject Obamacare

Monday, 27 Jul 2009 06:31 PM

By Dan Weil

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry says that, if President Obama’s healthcare plan passes, he may fight its adoption in Texas using the 10th Amendment’s protection of states’ rights.

During a radio interview with Dallas conservative talk show host Mark Davis Thursday, Perry predicted he wouldn’t be the only governor to take that stance, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

"I think you’ll hear states and governors standing up and saying 'no’ to this type of encroachment on the states with their healthcare," Perry said.

"So my hope is that we never have to have that stand-up. But I’m certainly willing and ready for the fight if this administration continues to try to force their very expansive government philosophy down our collective throats."

This wouldn’t be Perry’s first rejection of a new federal program. Also this year, he refused $555 million in federal money for unemployment assistance, saying Texas would pay in the long term after federal aid ended.

Perry also fought unsuccessfully for the Legislature to pass a resolution that would have confirmed Texas’ authority over all powers not explicitly given to the federal government. Again he invoked the 10th amendment.

That amendment reads: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

He thinks he would be firmly in his right to reject federal healthcare reform.

"It really is a state issue, and if there was ever an argument for the 10th Amendment and for letting the states find a solution to their problems, this may be at the top of the class," Perry said. "A government-run healthcare system is financially unstable. It’s not the solution."

Perry may not have to worry about challenging federal law. President Obama is facing opposition in his own party to the reform plan.

“I think the American people want to take a closer look at this legislation,” Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., said on CBS’ Face the Nation Sunday. “They want to feel more comfortable with it.”

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