Posts Tagged ‘Rick Perry’

Perry shirks his duty on Texans’ health care

Austin American-Statesman, July 12, 2012

Gov. Rick Perry threw Texans under the bus Monday when he announced our state would not expand Medicaid, leaving $76 billion from the federal government on the table. He also refused to create a health care exchange, an online market allowing the uninsured to shop for coverage. You can just see him pounding his chest […]


Regulatory boards need to keep their independence

Austin American-Statesman, March 2, 2011

Facing a $27 billion budget shortfall, Gov. Rick Perry has revived a failed and tired idea from past legislative sessions. To save a paltry $7 million, he proposes to combine under one umbrella some of the most essential agencies in state government — the boards regulating doctors, nurses, dentists, chiropractors, podiatrists, optometrists, pharmacists, psychologists and […]


The ‘system’ isn’t failing to rescue Texas’ mentally ill. We are.

Austin American-Statesman, June 4, 2004

An administrator of a Central Texas nonprofit rural hospital asked me last week, “What is going on out there? Our ER, and even our general medicine floor, are suddenly full of patients with mental problems. Even the family practice docs are calling me saying their caseload is filling with people with serious mental illnesses that […]