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Perry’s Remarks, Health Positions Draw Political Attention

News outlets are reporting on GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry and a letter he once sent to then-first lady Hillary Clinton praising her efforts to push health reform. Perry, the governor of Texas, also made comments ten years ago about the feasibility of "bi-national health insurance" for both U.S. and Mexican residents along the border.

Politico: Perry Defends Clinton Letter, Says He Doesn't Know Mitt Well
Rick Perry slapped back at a story Tuesday claiming he'd once sent a letter to Hillary Clinton praising her effort at pushing health care reform during her husband's administration. In an appearance on Sean Hannity's radio show, Perry said that the message he'd written to then-first lady Clinton had urged her to keep farmers in mind as a health care law came together, not endorse the measures the Clinton administration ended up proposing (Burns, 8/30).

Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazers Blog: Perry's 2001 Remarks On Study Of Joint Health Plan With Mexico Get Scrutiny
Ten years ago, Gov. Rick Perry spoke at a border summit held in South Texas. It's a safe bet that few remember his comments that day, back in the halcyon days before the war on terror. But some Texas tea party adherents have dusted off the Perry text and found an objectionable reference to a legislatively required study of "the feasibility of bi-national health insurance," or coverage of both U.S. and Mexican residents along the border. … Perry also spoke glowingly of how the Legislature in 2001 passed a children's Medicaid simplification bill and increased funding for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (Garrett, 8/31).

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