Rick Perry: Accepting Medicaid Expansion ‘Like Putting 1,000 More People On The Titanic’

|
November 22, 2013 1:31 a.m.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Thursday compared the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act to one of the most famous disasters.

“It’s like putting 1,000 more people on the Titanic when you knew what was going to happen,” Perry said at the Republican Governors Association meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz., as quoted by the New York Times.

Perry is one of several GOP governors to reject the Medicaid expansion in his state. Various estimates indicate that the program could have extended coverage to more than a million uninsured Texans. The Census Bureau said in September that Texas has the highest rate of uninsured residents in the country.

Perry said that Republican governors who have accepted the expansion, like Chris Chrsitie in New Jersey, may have to explain that decision to GOP voters.

“I think it’s a factor; I think it’s a philosophical position,” Perry said.

Newsletters
Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.
Latest Livewire
Comments are now Members-Only

Non-members are still able to read comments, but will no longer be able to participate. To join the conversation, sign up now and get:

30% Off Annual Prime Membership

TPM strives to build as inclusive a community as financially possible. We offer FREE memberships to those experiencing financial hardship and FREE memberships for students.

View all options
Comments
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: