In 1993, as Agricultural Commissioner for the State of Texas, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry sent the following letter to then-first lady Hillary Clinton praising her health care reform scheme.

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H/T - Perry Praised Hillary for Her Healthcare Scheme

Sure, it's not exactly a fullthroated endorsement of HillaryCare, but, can the Tea Party really afford to trust a man like 'Gardasil' Rick Perry?



More here: Perry letter commending Hillary Clinton found.

Oh, but that's not all ... In 2001, Rick Perry was pushing a "bi-national" health care scheme with Mexico!

Slick Rick Perry supports 'Bi-National' Health Insurance with Mexico

There is nothing like going to Governor Perry’s own words on various matters.

Office of the Governor Rick Perry of the State of Texas

Legislation authored by border legislators Pat Haggerty and Eddie Lucio establishes an important study that will look at the feasibility of bi-national health insurance. This study recognizes that the Mexican and U.S. sides of the border compose one region, and we must address health care problems throughout that region. That's why I am also excited that Texas Secretary of State Henry Cuellar is working on an initiative that could extend the benefits of telemedicine to individuals living on the Mexican side of the border.

But the effort to combat disease and illness requires greater cooperative efforts between our two nations. It is a simple truth that disease knows no boundaries. An outbreak of drug-resistant tuberculosis, for example, endangers citizens of both our nations. We have much to gain if we work together to expand preventative care, and treat maladies unique to this region.

The fruits of NAFTA have just begun to ripen. At the same time, we must not allow the roots of the tree to become poisoned. The NAFTA agreement not only signaled a new era of economic possibility, but a new era of bi-national cooperation.

Can you really trust a guy like Rick Perry to be president?

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  • Chris Wysocki

    Yawn. Even you admit he didn't "praise" Hillarycare, he merely wrote to ask that if it amounted to anything it should consider the needs of the rural residents of Texas. So, he was looking out for the people he represented!

    The bi-national health insurance thing sounds exactly like the kind of outside-the-box thinking we need. What's wrong with having a pl which covers doctor visits regardless of which side of the border you're on? Would you be opposed to a Michigan initiative which provided similar coverage to residents of Wisconsin? I wouldn't, because it's the essence of association health plans - allowing people to buy insurance outside their home state. In Perry's case, his closest neighbor happens to be a foreign country, with which for better or worse he has a fungible border.

    And the Gardasil issue is a dead horse. Perry admitted his mistake.

    • bigyaz

      Yes, there is NO difference between the Texas-Mexico border and the Michigan-Wisconsin border.

      You're going to pull a muscle stretching to make apologist reaches like that one.

      • Chris Wysocki

        From a commerce standpoint, there really is very little difference. There are plenty of areas in upstate NY and VT where folks go back and forth to Canada all the time. It's not a big deal.

        • theCL

          Would you be opposed to a Michigan initiative

          You can stop right there. Yes! A thousand times, Yes! If politicians and bureaucrats stuck their initiatives up their collective asses, the world would be a better place. Governments need to get out of healthcare completely, not find alternative ways to intervene.

    • sultros

      But he still hasnt come clean on Cameron Todd Willingham and so far, Perry is still an accessory to State Murder and facilitated in covering it up. Still not presidential.

  • Marvin

    Considering that the "HillaryCare" of the '90s was more "socialist" than "ObamaCare" of today how can we take seriously Rick Perry's attacks on "ObamaCare"? The truth is "ObamaCare" is pretty much the same proposal the Republicans had in the '90s. It's not a "socialist" approach (unfortunately - as that would actually be a good thing, of course) and the right wing attacks on it are spurious.

    • Chris Wysocki

      Obamacare is socialist because it compels us to buy a specific product from a list of government approved suppliers. I don't know that "proposal the Republicans had in the 90s" you're referring to, but the GOP proposal I kept hearing about was Association Health Plans - a completely voluntary mechanism for people to shop around for the best coverage.

      • theCL

        ObamaCare is/was based on a proposal written by the Heritage Foundation. RomneyCare was the prototype. Sorry my friend, but there really isn't a dime's worth of difference between Democrats and Republicans. It's time to stop believing there is.

        • Chris Wysocki

          I love how "shared some common threads" becomes "based on a proposal." Heritage put forth a very comprehensive FREE MARKET plan, which certainly shared some elements with the abomination which became ObamaCare. But the sum is not its parts, even if some of the parts could be rearranged into a more palatable sum.


    Thanks for the link. You might want to check out my new one on Perry and his China connections. Selling out the State to foreign interests. A Globalist for sure.

  • Statesman

    Rick Perry is so done. I can't fathom anyone taking him seriously.

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  • Stray_Bullet

    Perry backing NAFTA? How's he gonna explain that one?

    And as far as "Obamacare" goes, since apparently everyone's memory is so short, the republicans got everything they asked for and more. Both Boehner and McConnell bragged about the job they did untracking Obamacare. Folks, it was less than two years ago. Surely your memory operates on more than just talking points. At least I'd like to grant you that much intelligence.