Breaking: Texas Rejects ObamaCare

Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced today that his state will not implement two major components of the ObamaCare law. In a strongly worded statement, Perry announced that Texas will not set up state insurance exchanges or expand Medicaid, two key provisions in the law.

"Neither a 'state' exchange nor the expansion of Medicaid under the Orwellian-named PPACA would result in better 'patient protection' or in more 'affordable care.' What they would do is make Texas a mere appendage of the federal government when it comes to health care," Perry said in the statement.

In the letter addressed to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Gov. Perry concludes, "I look forward to implementing health care solutions that are right for the people of Texas. I urge you to support me in that effort. In the meantime, the PPACA's unsound encroachments will find no foothold here."

Texas may also continue a courtroom fight against ObamaCare. On the day the Supreme Court upheld ObamaCare's individual mandate as a tax, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott vowed to "continue to our work to fight this unworkable and unpopular law." Texas was among the 26 states that sued to get the law overturned and its elected statewide officials have presented a united front against the president's unpopular law.

Gov. Perry's full rejection statement is embedded here.

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