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Sunday, October 23, 2016

As over two million Americans were flocking to explore and register through the new health care marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act, Texas governor Rick Perry (R) condemned the implementation of the law, calling it a “felony.”

During a campaign stop for New Jersey Senate candidate Steve Lonegan (R-NJ) on Tuesday, the governor warned that “if this health care law is forced upon this country, the young men and women in this audience are the ones who are really going to pay the price.”

He added that the implementation of Obamacare was a “criminal act.”

Although Perry has long been a staunch opponent of the new health care reform, his state claims the highest rate of uninsured people in the country, approximately 6 million people. Even after the governor rejected the expansion of Medicaid in Texas through Obamacare, it was his own health aides who met with the Obama administration in August as they sought an estimated $100 million from the new health care law — to care for the elderly and disabled through a program called Community First Choice.

Back in August, the public policy director at the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, Jessica Ramos, estimated that an “approximately 12,000 Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities” would be able to receive “some of the basic supports they very much need” under the Obamacare-funded program.

Texas also has the highest rate of uninsured adults making below 138 percent of the federal poverty threshold, at 55 percent. These adults could have qualified for Medicaid coverage if the state had expanded the eligibility requirements under the Affordable Care Act.

However, because the governor refused to set up the state’s new health care marketplace, it is now administered by the federal government.

According to a United Way call center in Austin, Texas, over 180 Texans had called by 11 am on Tuesday looking to get health insurance.

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  • arch725

    Have Rick Perry stay out of not only this but the state of Missouri!!!! He is proving to be one of the worst governors ever, in any state. Look at all the people who cannot receive
    healthcare in his state.

  • JD Mulvey

    Lonegan is having Rick Perry make campaign appearances for him in New Jersey? Bad idea.

    • drdroad

      But good for Mayor Booker!

  • Independent1

    Kind of interesting that Rick Perry doesn’t even appear to be aware of the success the Obamacare exchanges are having in his own state – otherwise, I don’t know how he made those comments about: “if this health care law is forced upon this country, the young men and women in this audience are the ones who are really going to pay the price.”

    The exchanges Texas has set up will actually be offering plans below the national average premium rate of $328/mo. See this on Texas from Bloomberg:

    Texas has been among the Republican-led states most fiercely opposed to
    Obamacare, but its monthly rates came in below the national average, HHS said.
    With 76 plans to choose from in Austin, a 27-year-old would pay $169 per month
    for the lowest-cost mid-tier one. In Dallas-Fort Worth, that monthly premium
    was $217, from 43 plans available, the report said.

    Looks to me like Rick Perry is demonstrating just how clueless he is – even about what’s happening in the state he’s supposed to be governing!! (Do you suppose there’s someone behind the curtain governing Texas and Rick doesn’t even know it??)

    • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

      Perry is a firm believer that the masses should remain suppressed and continue to vote for those who would continue that suppression. Otherwise, he brands them as traitors. Time for the men in the white jackets to come take him away in a “loves me” jacket.

  • eps62

    It seems to me that Republicants lies are pretty strong in Texas. Other states had a much stronger turnout on the first day.

  • CrankyToo

    Let me see if I understand this: Rick Perry considers the implementation of a law enacted by Congress and affirmed by the Supreme Court to be a felonious act?

    Can someone please tell me how this dirtbag POS could possibly have ascended to the governership of Texas? I mean, it absolutely staggers my imagination! This guy is dumber than a bag of f##king hammers. Oops.

  • Dominick Vila

    Does anybody really care what this idiot has to say about anything? When the American people heard him, at a national level, we rejected his candidacy, not because he is a conservative, but because he is an empty suit with nothing positive to offer. For starters, he may want to talk to his fellow Texans, who are among the millions of Americans who are actively pursuing enrollment in the ACA exchanges. He may also want to consider Texas dependency on Federal government handouts, its poverty level, and its dismal education record before he offers opinions designed to garner sympathy from the most radical elements in our society.

    • bjbstarr11

      Agree with you Dominick. Gov. Perry should be trying to help the people in Texas, not hinder them. And we see why no one wanted him as President. Thank GOD.

  • [email protected]

    I see part of the problem someone carrying out a law being called a felon for carrying out the law and the idots on the right believe this nonsense