Gov. Perry defends decision to reject Obamacare

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Posted on September 18, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 19 at 1:50 PM

Texas Gov. Rick Perry appeared on CNN's "Crossfire" program Wednesday night to discuss his views on the Affordable Care Act.

While Texas didn't sign up for the program, Perry maintained that Texans are well cared for.

"But the fact is they do have access to health care," he said. "It's a bit of a misnomer for them to say they don't get health care. We don't want to participate in Obamacare. We know it's a broken system; even the expansion of Medicaid was one of those things that we said we're not going to participate in. The reason is because even the president himself in 2009 said Medicaid is a broken system. And I agree with him — Medicaid is a broken system. And why would we want to put thousands... tens of thousands of people on a system that is broken? Because it would be tantamount to putting another 1,000 people on the Titanic, knowing how that's going to turn out."

"We never thought in Texas that you judge success by the number of people on public assistance," Perry added. "We made the decision that we don't want to force people to have to buy insurance. They have access to some of the finest health care in the world with the Texas Medical Center there, one of the largest medical establishments in the country. The idea that we're going to make people buy insurance to be a part of Texas... we're about giving people freedom."

Perry also sparred with Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley over which state has the better strategy when it comes to jobs and taxes. The Texas governor has targeted Maryland with radio and TV ads inviting businesses to move to the Lone Star State.

O'Malley hit back in a Washington Post op-ed piece, accusing Perry of slashing funds for education, health care and infrastructure.

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