While Texas Governor Rick Perry was making the case against Obamacare, there are new numbers out giving Perry critics ammunition as he debates a run for the White House in 2016.
Perry was in New Jersey campaigning for a Conservative Senate candidate and called the implementation of Obamacare a “criminal act.”
“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.”
But the latest numbers show that Texas has the largest number of uninsured people. Over 22 percent of Texans don't have health coverage, despite Texas' success economically.
“We have many fewer people in this state who are insured through their employers compared to other states and compared to the national average,” Elana Marks of Rice University told KTRH.
Marks says that Perry's track record on health care isn't one he should be proud of.
“I think the high rate of uninsured residents in Texas without the Governor doing anything significant to reduce it is a negative thing,” Marks explained.
Marks says that Perry would have been better off expanding Medicaid when he had the chance.
“You saw a lot of people from all sectors, including the business community, putting pressure on the Governor to accept the expansion of Medicaid for exactly that reason,” Marks stated.
The numbers show that 30% of Texans over 65 years old are uninsured. The other states with high rates of uninsured people are Georgia, Florida, Alaska and Nevada.