Government-run health care may be inevitable, but Texas Gov. Rick Perry says his state still will have none of it. When asked recently about President Obama's plan for the nation's health care system, Perry had this to say:
I think you’ll hear states and governors standing up and saying 'no’ to this type of encroachment on the states with their healthcare. So my hope is that we never have to have that stand-up. But I’m certainly willing and ready for the fight if this administration continues to try to force their very expansive government philosophy down our collective throats. It really is a state issue, and if there was ever an argument for the 10th Amendment and for letting the states find a solution to their problems, this may be at the top of the class. A government-run healthcare system is financially unstable. It’s not the solution.
Perry's states' rights argument, while predictable (and reminiscent of the Mark Sanford era of stimulus money refusal), is one that other states should consider looking into as well—although it might be a little too late for Massachusetts.
But I'm guessing that like Sanford, Perry will be forced into accepting whatever health care change Obama and Congress deem wise.
Refresh your memory of the 10th Amendment here.
Reason's entire archive on Rick Perry here.