WATCH: Fox Host Grills Perry On Why He ‘Refused’ To Embrace Obamacare

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June 22, 2015 7:01 a.m.

“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace on Sunday pressed former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on his decision not to embrace Obamacare.

Wallace noted that Texas had the highest uninsured rate in the country.

“More than 1 in 5 Texans didn’t have health coverage,” Wallace noted. “And yet, you refused to set up a state exchange under Obamacare, you refused to expand Medicaid. I mean, is that looking out for the little guy, when 21 percent of Texans didn’t have health insurance?”

“If how you keep score is how many people you force to buy insurance, well, then I would say that that’s how you keep score,” Perry responded.

“We make access to health care the real issue, we passed the most sweeping tort reform in the nation,” he continued. “It’s not about whether you force somebody to buy insurance, it’s whether Texans have access to good health care.”

Wallace asked Perry again if he felt bad not embracing the Affordable Care Act.

“I understand that, sir, but don’t you, as the governor for 14 years, don’t you feel some responsibility when 21 percent of the people in your state didn’t have health insurance?” Wallace asked.

“But that’s not how we keep score. I think it’s a fallacy to say access to health care is all about insurance. What we happen to say in the state of Texas is we’re going to try to make as accessible as we can good quality health care,” Perry answered.

Watch the clip courtesy of Raw Story:

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