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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Brand New TV Ad: Right Track

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Texas Chiropractic Association Endorses Gov. Perry for Re-election

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry has received the endorsement of the Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA) for the 2010 general election.

"Gov. Perry has been consistently engaged in the health care issues that are important to all Texans, and we are proud to support a candidate that understands prevention as the primary component of ensuring a healthy state,” said Dr. Edward C. Fritsch, president of TCA. “We are thankful for his work to ensure all Texans are free to choose their health care provider and look forward to working with him to continue improving quality, affordability, and availability of care.”

TCA works on behalf of Texas chiropractic professionals, representing the rights of all doctors of chiropractic, their staff and their patients throughout the state. It is committed to protecting and advancing the scope of practice for the chiropractic profession and strengthening public access to Texas chiropractors.

“I am thankful for the important role that Texas chiropractors play in our health care system and honored to receive their support in my re-election effort,” said Gov. Rick Perry. “I am committed to working with them and all health care professionals across the state as we address important issues related to health care in Texas."

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Seven states join Texas in health care fight

May 17, 2010

Austin Business Journal

Kerri Panchuk

Seven more states have joined Texas and 13 others in a lawsuit against the federal government questioning the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or the health care reform bill, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's Office said Friday.

The complaint has been amended to include 20 plaintiffs, with Indiana, North Dakota, Mississippi, Nevada, Arizona, Georgia and Alaska joining Texas and others to fight the health care bill.

The amended complaint raises additional constitutional questions, including the argument that the bill violates the states’ 10th Amendment rights and provisions of the U.S. Constitution by forcing state taxpayers to pay billions on programs their states can't afford.

The amended complaint also alleges the bill improperly allows the federal government to commandeer the states by forcing governments to use financial resources to implement federal initiatives and by interfering with the states' ability to govern their own employees.

“The new federal health care law violates the U.S. Constitution and unconstitutionally infringes upon Texans’ individual liberties,” Abbott said. “Our nation’s founding fathers had the wisdom to limit the federal government’s authority by specifically enumerating the powers given to Congress – and Congress does not have the authority to force individuals to buy a service from a private insurance company as a condition of being a law-abiding American.”

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Fight Intrusive Federal Health Care Overreach

When liberals govern, they push through their agenda by any means possible. The 14 months of the Obama Administration showed America what aggressive liberals will do. It's time that we push back.

Several Texas leaders are taking a stand against the federal government's intrusion, and you can, too. Please sign our petition to show your support .

Gov. Rick Perry is supporting Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who plans to file a lawsuit to stop Obamacare when the president signs the bill.

To stop this gross federal overreach, Abbott will file a lawsuit to to defend our state from further infringement by the federal government. If you would like to support Gov. Perry's and General Abbott's stance against the growth of our federal government, sign the petition today.

After you sign the petition, text HANDS OFF to 95613 and help us send a message to Washington.

http://www.governorperry.com/obamacare-petition.

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Governor Perry's Statement on the Federal Health Care Bill

"Unfortunately, the health care vote had more to do with expanding socialism on American soil than it does fixing our health care finance and delivery systems. The Obama health care bill undermines patient choice, personal responsibility, medical innovation and fiscal responsibility in America.

"As passed by the U.S. House, the bill will cost Texas taxpayers billions more, and drive our nation much deeper into debt. Congress's backroom deals and parliamentary maneuvers undermined the public trust and increased cynicism in our political process.

"Texas leaders will continue to do everything in our power to fight this federal excess and find ways to protect our families, taxpayers and medical providers from this gross federal overreach."

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Help Stop Obamacare

The time has come to express your rights and remind the federal government that it was created to serve the states and the people, not the other way around. We must stop the government takeover of our healthcare system. One-size-fits-all mandates from Washington will not fix our healthcare industry, which needs tort reform as a start to bringing down costs.

Today, we are asking you to call these Texas representatives and ask tell them to vote "NO" on Obamacare. Together, let's make Washington listen to what the people actually want.

District 25: Rep. Lloyd Doggett
Texas office: (512) 916-5921
Washington Office: (202) 225-4865

District 16: Rep. Silvestre Reyes
Texas office: (915) 534-4400
Washington Office: (202) 225-4831

District 23: Rep. Ciro Rodriguez
Del Rio office: (830) 774-5500
Eagle Pass office: (830) 757-8398
Fort Stockton office: (432) 336-3975
N. San Antonio office: (210) 561-9421
S. San Antonio office: (210) 922-1874
Washington Office: (202) 225-4511

District 27: Rep. Solomon Ortiz
Coastal Bend office: (361) 883-5868
Rio Grande Valley office: (956) 541-1242
Washington Office: (202) 225-7742

District 28: Rep. Henry Cuellar
Laredo office: (956) 725-0639
Mission office: (956) 424-3942
Rio Grande City office: (956) 487-5603
San Antonio office: (210) 271-2851
Seguin office: (830) 401-0457
Washington Office: (202) 225-1640

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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.”

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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.”

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VIDEO: "Leader"

The Republican primary for Texas Governor takes place on March 2, but early voting in Texas begins February 16 and runs through the 26th. The momentum behind the Governor's campaign is palpable, and the campaign made this new video that you can share with your friends and neighbors to help fire up your fellow Texans about getting out and voting early for Governor Rick Perry:

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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.”

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