Add Rick Perry to the list of governors refusing to implement key portions of President Obama's landmark health care reform law.
"I will not be party to socializing healthcare and bankrupting my
state in direct contradiction to our Constitution and our founding
principles of limited government," the Texas governor said in a
statement Monday that Reuters
reports declared the Lone Star state will not implement a Medicaid
expansion or health insurance exchange, two parts of the so-called
Obamacare law that was largely upheld by the Supreme Court late last
The one-time GOP presidential front-runner continued: "Neither a 'state' exchange nor the expansion of Medicaid under this program would result in better 'patient protection' or in more 'affordable care.' They would only make Texas a mere appendage of the federal government when it comes to health care."