David Perdue, one of the handful of candidates running in the Republican primary for the Senate in Georgia, has been an outspoken proponent of repealing Obamacare.
The thing is, back in 2006 the businessman and Senate hopeful also argued that the only way to help unemployed Americans get health insurance was at the “federal level” rather than through states.
During a meeting at the Retail Industry Leaders Association in 2006, Perdue (pictured above), the then CEO of Dollar General, said that it was a “tragedy that so many people are uninsured,” according to the Dallas Morning News on Oct. 17, 2006.
So, Perdue said according to Retailing Today, “the solution has to be at the federal level.
“If it’s left up to the states, there will be 50 different solutions.
Perdue’s comments were resurfaced by The Daily Caller on Monday. His campaign said that Perdue’s calls for full reaping Obamacare do not conflict with his statements from years earlier.
Purdue has tried to differentiate himself from the pack of Republicans running for the open seat by releasing an ad that portrayed the other candidates as crying babies.
“David supports the full repeal of Obamacare,” Perdue campaign spokesman Derrick Dickey told The Daily Caller. “However, he along with many other Republicans recognize that there are issues that must be addressed at the federal level.”
Dickey added that Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) “has a great patient-centered alternative to replace Obamacare.”
Price’s Obamacare alternative, which would provide some tax incentives to individuals to purchase coverage and allow insurers to sell plans across state lines, has gained little traction in the Republican-controlled House.