Governor Rick Perry thinks the Obama Administration is targeting Texas. What would ever give him such an idea?
Earlier this year, Texas yanked about $64 million in funding from Planned Parenthood and directed the funds to agencies that do not do abortions. In conjunction with that, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission submitted a request to the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services to circumvent the rules to be able to do so.
However, as it has in Indiana and New Hampshire, the Obama administration denied the request and, according to the Texas Tribune, Cindy Mann, director of the federal agency, wrote a letter to Texas officials today saying its request is a violation of the federal Social Security Act.
“We want to be very clear [that] Medicaid does not pay for abortions and will not pay for abortions,” Mann told the Tribune. “We indicated to the state today [that] their proposal violates the longstanding law.”
Mann told the newspaper the Obama administration would allow Texas to continue de-funding Planned Parenthood until March, by which the state would have to work with federal officials to determine how to move forward. — Blue Collar Philosophy
Sounds pretty much like a full fledged assault against the state that is creating most of the jobs the Obama administration is bragging about of late. Oh well, it is true I suppose, the transformation of America must include the slap down of the most successful of states. Obama just can’t allow such a success to overshadow all those blue big labor states teh One favors. You know . . . the states that are in the toilet economically and losing population.
Here’s the Perry, “I haven’t left the fight”, comments. H/T Ed Morrissey and Jim Hoft
Doesn’t sound like Perry is too troubled by his failed presidential run. He claims he will return for another try. Perry obviously is not bothered by the idea of a brokered convention. I wouldn’t bet against either.