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What Rick Perry’s ‘Vanilla’ Medicaid Record Says About Him

Sarah Kliff takes a look at Rick Perry’s record on Medicaid and discovers that aside from a failed 2008 waiver request to “limit the number of beneficiaries and create a new, very sparse benefits plan” — which was too restrictive even for the Bush administration — Perry doesn’t have much to show for his 11 years in office. I expected more from the gun touting, ‘let’s pull out of Medciaid’ governor. But instead, you have someone who hasn’t done much to implement the policies he has espoused on the national stage (like “state innovation” in health care). His Medicaid history suggests that outside of some general conservative notions of limiting care to the very, very poor, and limiting medical liability, Perry doesn’t put an emphasis on health policy or even bother to experiment with conservative solutions to expanding coverage and lowering costs. All that as his state is suffering from some of the highest uninsurance rates in the nation. Now what does that tell you about his priorities?

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