In a macho act not seen since my chihuahua humped that lab at the dog park, GOP Texas Governor Rick Perry announced that he will turn down millions in federal dollars meant to expand Medicaid and to create a state insurance exchange as outlined by the Affordable Care Act.
Not only is Texas ranked as worst in the country for health care delivery by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, but one in four Texans are currently uninsured. In plain numbers, over 6.2 million Texans go without health insurance every single day.
Yes, Rick is willing to let six million people stay uninsured and without medical care, all because he wants to publicly humiliate the president. Though in all fairness, it is what Jesus would do. Remember those Bible stories where Jesus asks lepers for a co-pay and turns away the blind because of their pre-existing conditions?
This hypocrisy doesn’t seem to matter much to the self-proclaimed pro-life Perry, and for several reasons. And like him, I can’t remember what they are.
More disturbing is Rick’s actual, horrifying record on life. While he tells one group that he’s “working in [his] heart” in order to save the unborn, Perry has also executed 243 post-born Texas prisoners as of June 22, 2012, more than any other governor in modern American history. It’s even more than the next top two states during the past three decades combined.
As for Texas, Salon.com estimates that the number of executed prisoners will reach 250 by the end of 2012.
At least one of the men Perry executed was later found to be innocent. At least ten were thought to have been severely mentally unfit. And at least three were juveniles at the time they committed their crimes.
Take Napoleon Beazley, who was sentenced to death for committing murder as a 17-year-old. Before his execution, 18 state legislators and the judge who oversaw his trial all wrote to Perry, asking for clemency. His response? “To delay his punishment is to delay justice.”
So much for protecting the life of the young.