Friday, February 13, 2015

Rick Perry: Texans Like Being Uninsured Thank You Very Much

You would think that having the highest insurance rate in the country would be a bad thing, but according to Texas governor, Rick Perry, that's a feature, not a bug:

Perry proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which he called “another example of one-size-fits-all coming out of Washington, D.C.” And he noted that Texas chose not to participate in Medicaid expansion.

“Texas has been criticized for having a large number of uninsured,” he said, “but that’s what Texans wanted. They did not want a large government program forcing everyone to purchase insurance.”

Actually, that's not really accurate. According to a poll by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune taken in 2013, it would seem that the governor is quite mistaken in his assessment:

 Most of the provisions in Obamacare get overwhelming support (at least 2/3s in all but one category), the medicaid expansion in particular being quite popular.

Of course, Perry may get off on a technicality because while people may love the provisions in Obamacare, they hate the idea of "Obamacare" with only a third viewing it favorably.

Still, the point is that the great state of Texas isn't as freedom-loving as Perry thinks it is.

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