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HEALTH CARE Perry to Romney: Renounce Reform

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry has some advice for likely GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney: renounce health care reform.

As governor of Massachusetts, Romney implemented a health care mandate similar to the overhaul law signed into law by President Obama in March. The Bay State has experienced many problems, including people avoiding paying penalties for not having insurance by purchasing plans for only three or four months out of the year.

“The health care plan out of Massachusetts, I will suggest to you, is too much like the health care plan that was passed in Washington,” said Perry (R), who won election to a third term last week.

“If he were to stand up and say, ‘You know what, this was a program that didn't work, and I wish I hadn't tried it,’ I think that would help him substantially,” Perry told Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren on Monday. “But the fact is, they are so similar that it is going to be a major anchor unless he stands up and repudiates that approach.”

Perry has been on a book tour promoting his new work, Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America From Washington. While touring in his home state, Perry said health care needs to be repealed entirely, so Congress can have states run health care systems.

“You let California, New Mexico, New York, Texas, and Florida compete against one another, and they'll be laboratories of innovation,” Perry said in an NPR interview on November 5. “They will come up with the best way to deliver health care.”

Perry has suggested Texas would opt out of Medicaid, which would increase in 2014 because of the health care overhaul. Ridding the state of Medicaid would take $12 billion from the state in federal funding.

Texas has the highest rate of uninsured residents in the country.


By Althea Fung 


November 10, 2010

Source: www.nationaljournal.com


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