Perry Seeks Obamacare Cash, Despite Opposition to Law

Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013 01:25 PM

By Melanie Batley

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry, one of the country's most outspoken critics of Obamacare, is now in discussions with the administration about qualifying for $100 million in funds from the health care program to help the state's disabled and elderly.

According to Politico, Texas health officials are working to win approval from the administration to fit Obamacare's optional Community First Choice program into the state's existing Medicaid framework.

"Efforts are underway to develop and submit an application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for participation," a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, told Politico.

The program is designed to provide more community-based support and in-home treatment to the disabled and elderly, and 12,000 Texans would stand to benefit.

The move surprised some in Texas, especially after the state refused to set up an insurance exchange or expand Medicaid as envisioned in the new health care law. Earlier this month, Perry also publicly criticized Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for promoting Obamacare during a visit to Texas.

Now critics are accusing Perry of hypocrisy, something that could come back to haunt the retiring governor in the event he decides to make a second presidential bid in 2016.

Ginny Goldman, director of the Texas Organizing Project, told Politico that "it's simply a shame that Perry is willing to accept $100 million in Affordable Care Act dollars that would help some" in the state, while rejecting billions in Obamacare funds through a Medicaid expansion that could help 1.5 million Texans.



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