Gov. Rick Perry continued his strong rhetorical stance against the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion this weekend, likening the latter’s expansion to a sinking ship.
“The president himself said Medicaid was a broken system, and I totally agree with him,” Perry said in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle. ”So why would we want to put another X numbers of hundreds of thousands of people on Medicaid programs that are broken? … It’s like putting another thousand people on the Titanic.”
Perry was in California to tout Texas’ economic stability and vibrancy. When asked about the uninsured rate in Texas—the highest in the nation—Perry emphasized personal choice.
“Just because we, as a state, have decided how we were going to deliver that healthcare..that should be left up to the people of the state of Texas,” he said. “And they, for decades, have decided that this is the way we’re going to deliver healthcare.”