2005’s Proposed Amendment 12: Revisited After 2 Years
Once a liar, always a liar!
Several years ago Texas Gov. Rick Perry put on his ten-gallon Stetson, saddled-up his tax-paid plane and rode all over the state lobbying to eliminate what he and his special interest health care industry called “frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits.”
Texans were promised that if they voted for this proposal, they soon would see a reduction in the costs of health care and medical related services.
Well, just as in the most recent proposed amendment election where only 8 percent of all registered voters approved ALL 16 amendments, back in 2005 Perry and his good ol’ boys got what they wanted. Proposition 12 was approved and Texans were duped.
Looking at it 2 years later you don’t have to be an Einstein or brain surgeon to see that Perry was touting another pack of lies, just as he did this time re: Proposed Amendment 15, a.k.a., “the cure for cancer.”
Also 2 years ago Perry lobbied to deregulate higher education tuition, promising Texans that doing so would decrease the cost of a college education while making institutions more competitive. That proposition was approved also. After 3 successive tuition increases since the proposal was accepted, tuition costs are the highest ever in the state.
In another 2 years Texans again will see what a load of buffalo chips their governor REALLY is regarding Prop. 15.
By the way, I just got another letter from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas telling me that they have to increase my family’s premium again and another notice from the University of Texas stating it regrets having to increase my children’s tuition!
Peter Stern of Driftwood, Texas, a former director of information services, university professor and public school administrator, is a political writer well-known and published frequently throughout the Texas community and nationwide. He is a disabled Vietnam veteran and holds three post-graduate degrees.