Gov. Perry on Health Care and Tort Reform

Under Gov. Perry, Texas has reformed its child protective services, insured more of Texas’ needy children than ever before, and increased health care investments by more than $20 billion while promoting prevention and wellness programs to cut down on future health care costs. Gov. Perry has also led the most sweeping lawsuit reform in the nation, cracking down on junk asbestos claims and frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits. Now thousands more doctors, including specialists, are practicing in Texas, bringing greater access to quality health care for Texans.

  • Cracking Down on Frivolous Lawsuits. Medical Liability Reform. In 2003, Gov. Perry led the fight to pass the most sweeping medical liability reforms in the nation. Since then, frivolous lawsuits against doctors and hospitals have dropped dramatically, insurance costs have fallen, and access to health care has greatly improved. - More Doctors. More Specialists. In 2007, the Texas Medical Board received a record 4,041 applications for physician licenses, and issued a record 3,324 licenses. The board topped that again the next year, granting a new record 3,621 licenses in 2008. Texas has added 215 obstetricians since 2003, and the number of obstetricians practicing in rural Texas has grown by 27 percent.
  • Increased access in underserved areas. In 2009, Gov. Perry signed legislation to expand access to medical care in rural and medically underserved areas. House Bill 2154 creates a dedicated source of revenue to support education loan forgiveness for physicians who work in health professional shortage areas and provide services to Medicaid or CHIP recipients.
  • Protecting Children. Over 2.4 million of Texas poorest children – one out of every three children in the state – are now covered under the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Medicaid program.
  • Texas Protects its Most Vulnerable Citizens. Texas overhauled state supported living centers, formerly known as state schools, to provide more oversight and protection for the residents of the centers and those in community-based services.
  • Tough on Fraud. Gov. Perry authorized the creation of the Office of the Inspector General of the Health And Human Services Commission which saved taxpayers over $1.5 billion in fraud detection in government health care programs.

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ICYMI: Governors Perry, Scott and Jindal Urge President Obama to Strengthen Medicare Advantage


AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal today sent a letter urging President Barack Obama to take meaningful steps to strengthen and improve the Medicare Advantage program. The program, which offers an alternative health insurance plan provided by a private company to Medicare recipients, has proven as effective as traditional Medicare in reducing hospital readmissions, improving care coordination and overall health outcomes. Hundreds of thousands of Texans rely on the program for care. Click here to view the letter:

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Statement by Gov. Perry on Federal Court Ruling to Uphold Texas Law Protecting Life and Women’s Health


AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to uphold a law protecting life and women’s health passed by the Texas Legislature in 2013:

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Gov. Perry Exclusive: "There is a Powerful Message for a Society That Protects Life"


Following his speech at CPAC Friday, Governor Rick Perry sat down with Townhall’s Cortney O’Brien to discuss how Texas has taken the lead on job creation, pro-life legislation and criminal justice reform as he reflected on his leadership. He then explained why Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is the best person to take the reins from him in November.

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ICYMI: Governor Perry on CNBC this morning talking about Obamacare, energy and creating jobs

Discussing health-care reform, innovation and America's energy future from Davos, Switzerland, with Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas. For the world to continue to grow, Saudi Arabia needs to be a major player, Perry says.

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ICYMI: Governor Perry on CNBC this morning talking about Obamacare, energy and creating jobs

Discussing health-care reform, innovation and America's energy future from Davos, Switzerland, with Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas. For the world to continue to grow, Saudi Arabia needs to be a major player, Perry says.

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Governor Perry: You Can't Dress Up the Failures of Obamacare

January 1, 2014

Dallas Morning-News

Rick Perry

The promise and potential I normally greet each New Year with is, this year, being tested by a great sense of peril as Americans face the full brunt of the disastrous impacts of Obamacare in 2014. The delays, deceit and debacles that marked Obamacare’s rollout in 2013 show no signs of slowing in the new year.

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Rick Perry Welcomes Obama’s Texas Visit: ‘He’s Come to the Right Place’

May 6, 2013

National Review

Eliana Johnson

A spokeswoman for Texas governor Rick Perry, who has bitterly opposed much of the president’s domestic agenda, tells National Review that the governor welcomes the president’s visit. “If President Obama is serious about getting our nation’s economy working again, then he’s come to the right place,” says Perry spokeswoman Lucy Nashed. “Texas’ success didn’t happen by accident – it’s a result of policies put in place under Governor Perry’s leadership with a laser focus on making Texas a beacon of economic freedom.”

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Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on U.S. Supreme Court Hearing on Obamacare

March 26, 2012

Gov. Rick Perry issued the following statement as the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of Obamacare:

"Today is a landmark moment in the ongoing struggle against the Obama Administration's continued pattern of massive federal overreach and consolidation of power, as well as the resulting erosion of individual liberties. I remain hopeful and confident that through the efforts of officials including Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Supreme Court will concur with the judgment of other federal courts and put an end to the unprecedented and dangerous overreach of Obamacare."

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Obamacare: Nothing to Celebrate

Two years ago today, President Obama signed into law his vision of health care reform, a far-ranging and ever-more-expensive collection of price fixing and individual mandates that will forever be known as Obamacare.

Now, according to tradition, cotton is known as the gift for a second anniversary. But what do you get a federal government that wants to control everything? Unfortunately, the answer is more of your hard earned tax dollars.

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Gov. Perry Visits the Republican Leadership Conference

Governor Perry spoke to the Republican Leadership Conference (RLC) in New Orleans this past Saturday, touting the Texas model of balancing budgets, cutting spending, and keeping taxes low.

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