Health Care/Tort Reform

Forbes: If one state is a poster child for economic recovery, it's Texas

March 08, 2010

AUSTIN – Forbes has ranked Austin as the city best surviving the recession. Austin tied with Washington, DC for the number one slot. Four Texas cities made the top 10, including Dallas, San Antonio and Houston. Forbes looked at unemployment, rate of job growth and projections, home prices and cost of goods and services.

“This Forbes ranking highlights the relative economic strength of our state’s major metropolitan cities, which is good news not only for the people who live in Texas, but for those looking to move to a state with a strong economic future,” said Gov. Rick Perry. “Texas continues to be the best state in the nation to live, work and raise a family thanks to our low tax burden, predictable regulatory climate, skilled workforce and principled, disciplined spending.”

Read More…

Texas Ophthalmological Association Endorses Gov. Rick Perry for Re-election

February 8, 2010
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today received the endorsement of the Texas Ophthalmological Association (TOA) Executive Council for re-election in 2010. “The TOA Executive Council voted to endorse Governor Perry based on his long track record of advancing medical care in the state of Texas,” said TOA President R. Galen Kemp, MD, an ophthalmologist from Waxahachie. “Governor Perry led the charge on groundbreaking medical liability reform in Texas which brought needed physicians to Texas and now serves as model legislation for other states.” The TOA is a member organization of over 800 Texas ophthalmologists, which was founded in 1956 to promote the science and art of medical eye care through education and advocacy. The TOA is Texas’ largest organization of eye physicians and surgeons. “I am honored to have the support of the Texas ophthalmologist community,” said Gov. Rick Perry. “These dedicated doctors are instrumental in improving the health and quality of life of Texans. I’m proud that our effort to crack down on lawsuit abuse has made Texas a healthier place to live, work and raise a family.”

Read More…

Texas Pharmacy Association PAC Endorses Gov. Perry for Re-election

February 3, 2010
Gov. Rick Perry today received the endorsement of PharmPAC, the political action committee of the Texas Pharmacy Association, for re-election in 2010. “I have been involved in health care for more than 30 years and have witnessed the solid public policy leadership of Rick Perry for 25 of those years,” said Joe A. DaSilva, CAE, FACHE, TPA’s new executive director and CEO. “The Texas Pharmacy Association is proud to endorse Gov. Perry for re-election and pledges to continue working with him to protect and broaden the high quality of care delivered by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians throughout Texas.”
Texas Pharmacy Association PAC

Read More…

Congrats to Senator-elect Scott Brown!

Governor Rick Perry issued a statement this evening on Republican Senator-elect Scott Brown's big win in Massachusetts:

“I want to congratulate Senator-elect Scott Brown on his historic victory in Massachusetts. His election, along with the election last November of Republican governors in Virginia and New Jersey, should send a loud and clear message that the states of this great nation will continue to reject the misguided policies coming out of Washington, D.C. The election of a 41st Republican to the U.S. Senate is especially significant to stop the ill-advised health care bill that will cost states billions of dollars. I fully support Senator-elect Brown’s pledge to stand with Republicans in Congress to stop this harmful piece of legislation.”

Check out http://twitter.com/GovernorPerry for tweets straight from Rick Perry himself, and http://twitter.com/GovPerry2010 for updates from the campaign.

Read More…

Statement From Texans For Rick Perry Spokesman Mark Miner

December 18, 2009
“For Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison to defend her vote to accelerate the health care debate by invoking our troops is dishonest and an insult to the 33 Republican senators who voted against limiting debate on the defense spending bill. Her vote to end the Republican filibuster was not the final vote on the defense spending bill, and it did not provide one dollar in funding for our troops. Furthermore, less than one hour before she voted with all 60 Democrat senators, Senator Hutchison herself stood on the floor of the United States Senate and said the timing of the vote was being driven by health care legislation. Her attempt to explain her vote to end the Republican filibuster by referencing our troops is disgraceful. The truth is that Senator Hutchison gave up her fight against health care legislation and is using our troops as a political prop to deflect criticism of her vote.”

Read More…

Texas Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice Nurse PAC 
Endorses Gov. Perry for Re-election

December 8, 2009
PAC Represents Support of Four Statewide Nursing Associations AUSTIN – Gov. Perry today received the endorsement of the Texas Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice Nurse PAC (RN/APN PAC) which represents the political arm of four statewide nursing associations: Texas Nurses Association (TNA), Coalition for Nurses in Advanced Practice (CNAP), Texas Association of Nurse Anesthetists (TANA) and Texas Nurse Practitioners (TNP). “Gov. Perry’s solid record of supporting Texas nurses was a critical factor in our decision to endorse his re-election,” said Susan Sportsman, RN, TNA President. “During his tenure, more than $100 million has been dedicated to nursing education to address the critical shortage. In June 2009, Gov. Perry also signed the Hospital Safe Staffing Act, which has been vital to ensuring quality nursing care in hospitals. His proven support of the nursing profession clearly demonstrates his appreciation of the special role nurses play in ensuring quality healthcare for Texans.” “Gov. Perry has a proven record of supporting the nursing profession and recognizes the essential role advanced practice nurses play in providing primary care and other essential healthcare services, “ said Joan Ross, a family nurse practitioner and chair of CNAP. “During his years in office, the governor has signed several pieces of legislation expanding prescriptive authority for advanced practice nurses, giving us better tools to provide safe, quality healthcare for all the people of Texas.” The Texas Nurses Association seeks to promote excellence in nursing by helping nurses achieve quality patient care through high standards of practice, legislative involvement, and public policy advocacy. The mission of the Coalition for Nurses in Advance Practice is to create a legal and regulatory climate in which Texas Advanced Practice Nurses can use their full potential to improve the health and well-being of all Texans. The Texas Association of Nurse Anesthetists works to advance the profession of nurse anesthesia, enhance the art and science of anesthesiology, and facilitate the provision of accessible, affordable, high quality healthcare. Texas Nurse Practitioners works to promote the professional excellence of nurse practitioners, and to support quality healthcare through leadership, education and advocacy. “Nurses are a crucial component to our healthcare system, offering the care patients need in often critical situations and contributing invaluable insight in diagnosis and treatment,” said Gov. Perry. “I’m honored to receive the endorsement of the Texas Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice Nurse PAC and proud of the success we’ve accomplished together to address the nursing shortage in Texas. I look forward to continuing the work that Texas needs to strengthen its nursing profession and equip Texas nurses with the tools they need to provide exceptional care to all Texans.”
Texas Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice Nurse PAC (RN/APN PAC)

Read More…

Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society Endorses Gov. Perry for Re-election

December 4, 2009
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today received the endorsement of the Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society PAC (TASCS PAC) for re-election in 2010. “The Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society PAC strongly endorses Rick Perry for his efforts to achieve high-quality, cost-effective health care for all Texans,” said Chris Shoup, TASCS PAC Chairman. “Texas Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) are extremely grateful to Gov. Perry for his continued support of our industry, and Texas ASCs looks forward to Gov. Perry's continued leadership in 2010 and beyond.” Texas has more than 380 ASCs performing more than 1.2 million surgeries and procedures each year with high-quality, high patient satisfaction and the lowest infection rates for surgical procedures. Texas ASCs provide these surgeries in the most cost-effective setting. “I’m honored to receive the support of the Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society PAC and look forward to working with them and healthcare professionals across the state to effectively address the challenges our health care industry currently faces,” said Gov. Perry. “I’m proud of the innovative solutions Texas has brought to the table in light of the national healthcare debate and will continue working to make healthcare more affordable and available for all Texans.”
Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society PAC (TASCS PAC)

Read More…

Gov. Perry’s Leadership Draws Broad Statewide Support

December 2, 2009
Joins More Than 60 Associations and Conservative Leaders To Tout Vision for Texas’ Future DALLAS – Gov. Rick Perry today joined more than 60 associations and conservative leaders who have endorsed his re-election to highlight his diverse, statewide support. He also touted accomplishments that have strengthened Texas’ economy and offered his vision to keep Texas moving forward. “I am deeply honored to have the support of these Texans from fields including agriculture, healthcare, retail sales, manufacturing construction, law enforcement and education, as well as advocates for genuine Texas values, all of whom play an essential role in our state’s future,” said Gov. Perry. “With support like this, anything is possible, and I am genuinely grateful for their endorsements.” From trade associations including the Texas Municipal Police Association, Texas Association of Realtors and Texas Medical Association, to influential conservative leaders including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Gov. Perry’s endorsements highlight the broad-based support he has from diverse groups and industries. He also has strong support from the state’s Republican Party leadership, including endorsements from two-thirds of the State Republican Executive Committee leadership, several former chairs of the Republican Party of Texas, and Republican National Committeeman Bill Crocker. Gov. Perry emphasized his focus on job creation and economic development, noting its importance to maintaining the state’s economic strength and pointing to the state’s low taxes, predictable regulatory climate, fair legal system and education efforts that have helped make it a national leader in exports and Fortune 500 companies. The governor also spoke against the misguided policies being promoted by Washington, including cap-and-trade and healthcare reform, that would expand government, increase debt and further intrude into Americans’ lives. He noted the important role states should play in offering innovative, effective alternatives to the challenges our nation faces. “The future well-being of our country resides at the state level with experienced executives leading their states to sustain a climate of innovation while running interference with a federal government run amok,” said Gov. Perry. “That is why I am seeking re-election. I love Texas and I am fully convinced that we have the fundamentals in place to lead our country out of these tough times.” Moving forward, Gov. Perry reiterated his proposals to make the recent small business tax cut permanent, promote a Constitutional amendment to require a two-thirds vote of the legislature to increase state taxes, root out unnecessary regulations that stifle innovation and investment, and expand the number of STEM schools in the state and UTeach programs at state universities. Click <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otVI5PbfEtQ">here</a> to view a video highlighting Gov. Perry's endorsements. <object width="560" height="340"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/otVI5PbfEtQ&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/otVI5PbfEtQ&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="560" height="340"></embed></object> Below is the list of individuals and groups who have endorsed Gov. Perry’s re-election: Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin Texas Municipal Police Association Texas Chemical Council Texas Society of Professional Engineers Republican National Committeewoman Cathie Adams Texas Right to Life Houston Realty Business Coalition Texas Apartment Association TX Republican County Chairman Assoc. Pres. Linda Rogers Heidi Group Founder Carol Everett Texas Alliance for Life Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association PAC Texas Home School Coalition PAC Texans for Life Coalition President Kyleen Wright Conservative Republicans of Texas President Dr. Steve Hotze Free Market Foundation President Kelly Shackelford Texas Chiropractic Association Americans for Prosperity* State Director Peggy Venable Texas State Association of Fire Fighters Texas Association of Realtors Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani Texas Civil Justice League PAC Texas Oil and Gas Association President Rob Looney Concerned Women for America State Director Ann Hettinger Texas Optometric Association PAC Texas Pest Control Association Energy Entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens Texas Recreational Vehicle Association Texas Poultry Federation Justice at the Gate Founder Alice Patterson Former Republican Party of Texas Chair Tina Benkiser Texas Cattle Feeders Beef-PAC Eagle Forum Founder Phyllis Schlafly Texas Pharmacy Business Council Justice Foundation President Allan Parker, Jr. Texas Podiatric Medical Association Texas Association for Interior Design Former Texas Republican Party Chairman Susan Weddington Former U.S. Secretary of Education Bill Bennett Family Research Council Action PAC Chairman Tony Perkins WallBuilders President and Founder David Barton Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour Texas Association of Builders HOMEPAC Manufacturers PAC of Texas Texas Medical Association TEXPAC Former Republican Party of Texas Chair George Strake Texas Society of Anesthesiologists PAC Texas Restaurant Association PAC Vision America Founder Dr. Rick Scarborough Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas PAC Recreational Fishing Alliance Texas Recreational Fishing Alliance Texas Nursery and Landscape Association PAC Career Colleges and Schools of Texas Two-Thirds of the State Republican Executive Committee Republican National Committeeman Bill Crocker Former Republican Party of Texas Chair Tom Pauken Texas Motor Transportation Association TRUCKPAC Empower Texans PAC *Organization listed for identification purposes only, Americans for Prosperity itself does not endorse candidates. # # #

Read More…

Governor Perry’s Leadership Draws Broad Array of Endorsements.

Add your own endorsement: visit Perry Home Headquarters and invite your friends and family to support Governor Rick Perry!

The list of endorsing organizations and leaders is unparalleled for 2010, and support for Rick Perry just keeps growing:

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin
Texas Municipal Police Association
Texas Chemical Council
Texas Society of Professional Engineers
Republican National Committeewoman Cathie Adams
Texas Right to Life
Houston Realty Business Coalition
Texas Apartment Association
TX Republican County Chairman Assoc. Pres. Linda Rogers
Heidi Group Founder Carol Everett
Texas Alliance for Life
Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association PAC
Texas Home School Coalition PAC
Texans for Life Coalition President Kyleen Wright
Conservative Republicans of Texas President Dr. Steve Hotze
Free Market Foundation President Kelly Shackelford
Texas Chiropractic Association
Americans for Prosperity* State Director Peggy Venable
Texas State Association of Fire Fighters
Texas Association of Realtors
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Texas Civil Justice League PAC
Texas Oil and Gas Association President Rob Looney
Concerned Women for America State Director Ann Hettinger
Texas Optometric Association PAC
Texas Pest Control Association
Energy Entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens
Texas Recreational Vehicle Association
Texas Poultry Federation
Justice at the Gate Founder Alice Patterson
Former Republican Party of Texas Chair Tina Benkiser
Texas Cattle Feeders Beef-PAC
Eagle Forum Founder Phyllis Schlafly
Texas Pharmacy Business Council
Justice Foundation President Allan Parker, Jr.
Texas Podiatric Medical Association
Texas Association for Interior Design
Former Texas Republican Party Chairman Susan Weddington
Former U.S. Secretary of Education Bill Bennett
Family Research Council Action PAC Chairman Tony Perkins
WallBuilders President and Founder David Barton
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour
Texas Association of Builders HOMEPAC
Manufacturers PAC of Texas
Texas Medical Association TEXPAC
Former Republican Party of Texas Chair George Strake
Texas Society of Anesthesiologists PAC
Texas Restaurant Association PAC
Vision America Founder Dr. Rick Scarborough
Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas PAC
Recreational Fishing Alliance
Texas Recreational Fishing Alliance
Texas Nursery and Landscape Association PAC
Career Colleges and Schools of Texas
Two-Thirds of the State Republican Executive Committee
Republican National Committeeman Bill Crocker
Former Republican Party of Texas Chair Tom Pauken
Texas Motor Transportation Association TRUCKPAC
Empower Texans PAC

*Organization listed for identification purposes only, Americans for Prosperity itself does not endorse candidates.

Find Rick Perry on Twitter and get updates from the campaign at http://www.Twitter.com/GovPerry2010!

Read More…

Gov. Perry tells veterans in Hewitt that state will spend funds to reduce backlog in benfits claims

November 24, 2009
Waco Tribune-Herald
Regina Dennis
Gov. Rick Perry said the state will fund a new initiative into 2011 to reduce a statewide backlog of more than 38,000 pending veterans benefits claims. Perry earlier this month authorized the Texas Veterans Commission, a state veterans’ advocacy agency, to develop a Claims Processing Assistance Team that will help expedite the backlog. The team will include 12 new veterans counselors who will be split between the Veterans Affairs Regional Processing Centers in Waco and Houston. Speaking to about a dozen local veterans at the Hewitt Veterans of Foreign Wars Post on Monday, Perry said the state is allocating $393,000 that will fund the positions through the end of the 2011 fiscal year. “Entirely too many of our veterans waiting on a response from the VA hear, ‘Just keep waiting,’ ” Perry said. “Considering the risks they took in fighting for our freedoms, our veterans deserve better.” Of the claims awaiting processing statewide, about 20,000 are in Houston and about 18,000 are in Waco. About 38 percent have been pending for at least four months, Perry said. Perry said that the Texas Legislature would decide in the 2011 session whether to continue funding the program. The new initiative was met favorably by veterans attending the Monday press conference. Randy Vasser, an Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War for 14 months, said he waited four to six months on two different claims with the VA after filing for benefits two years ago. “I had filed the claims on my own and got frustrated, and some folks recommended that I look into the TVC because they have a lot of experience in helping other veterans,” Vasser said. “Once they got involved it got resolved really quickly. So I’m happy that they’re going to be able to help out more veterans.” Brig. Gen. Karen S. Rankin, chairwoman of the Texas Veterans Commission, said the commission’s experience and knowledge on the claims process will better assist veterans in providing information on their claims. She estimated that each veterans counselor can move through 850 to 1,000 claims each year. “If the veteran does not have an advocate like ours assisting with his claim, it is never going to go through the VA,” Rankin said. “The VA routinely denies a claim on the first submission. And it’s not because they’re mean, but it’s just that the system is so complex and it’s complicated. . . . It takes someone who is well-versed in the nuances of the claims process to know everything you have to have and get it right.” James Richman, director of claims representation and counseling for the veterans commission, said much of the work will involve identifying claims that are ready to move forward and helping gather evidence for claims in the development phase to prepare them for VA officials to make a final decision. “We can go through the cases and say to the veteran, ‘This is what the VA is going to need from you to process your claim. How can we get it?’ ” Richman said. “We can act as that liaison to put everything together instead of waiting for the VA to send out a letter a couple of months later about it, and the veteran may or may not be able to respond in a timely manner — eliminating all that lag time that keeps the claims from moving forward.” Richman said this initiative will also free up the VA to devote more staff and resources toward decision-making to hand down quicker rulings on claims. State Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson, R-Waco, attended the press conference and offered praise for the program. “The main thing is we want to do the right thing by our veterans in getting them access to their benefits, and I applaud Gov. Perry for using this unique opportunity to help our veterans,” Anderson said. rdennis@wacotrib.com

Read More…

Syndicate content

Raconteur Media Company in Austin, TX designed, develops and maintains RickPerry.org for Texans for Rick Perry.