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States' Rights Champion Rick Perry Blasts Obama For 'Cavalierly' Ignoring Federal Law

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“Obamacare is an abject failure," he reiterated, according to the Associated Press.

Insurance providers have been canceling many substandard policies that do not meet minimum benefit requirements under the Affordable Care Act. Obama's administrative "fix," announced Thursday, would allow -- but not require -- insurers to continue existing insurance policies for current policy holders. Similar legislation is currently being considered by both Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill. 

In a trip to Dallas earlier this month the president urged Perry to expand Medicare in Texas, which would provide insurance coverage to nearly a million of its poor residents.

Perry raised eye-brows after his re-election in 2010 when he suggested that Texas could lead the charge against federal intrusion by seceding from the successful Social Security program. That remark was preceded a year earlier by an address to Tea Party Republicans in which Perry invoked a form of nullification.