Speaking to an audience in New Jersey yesterday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry called the opening of the Obamacare health insurance marketplaces a “felony” against young people.
“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,” Perry said. “And that, I will suggest to you, reaches to the point of being a felony toward them and their future. That is a criminal act, from my perspective, to put that type of burden on them, to mortgage their future like that. America cannot stand that. America cannot accept that.”
RealClearPolitics reported Perry’s comments at a campaign stop for New Jersey GOP Senate candidate Steve Lonegan.
Texas is one of 36 states that refused to create an Affordable Care Act insurance marketplace, opting to let the federal government do it. Perry also refused to expand Medicaid to cover more of the lowest-income population.
Yesterday, 2.8 million people visited healthcare.gov to sign up for insurance coverage on the exchanges.