Speaking to a rally for New Jersey senate candidate Steve Lonegan, Texas Gov. Rick Perry called the implementation of the Affordable Care Act "criminal."
In a story published Tuesday in the New Jersey Star-Ledger, Perry told the crowd:
“If this heath care law is forced upon this country, the young men and women in this audience are the ones who are really going to pay the price,” Perry, a former Republican candidate for president, told the crowd outside the Bendix Diner. “And that, I suggest to you, reaches the point of being a felony toward them and their future.
“That is a criminal act, from my perspective, to put that type of burden on them — to mortgage their future like that,” he continued. “America cannot stand that.”
Lost in the hyperbole is the fact that the Affordable Care Act, called "Obamacare", was passed by both houses of Congress, signed into law by the President of the United States, upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court. Not mentioned is the fact that President Obama staked his re-election in 2012 on the continuation of Obamacare and won handily. Rick Perry says it's criminal.
The remarks came on the first day of a federal government shutdown that took affect after Republicans in the House of Representatives refused to pass a continuing resolution that did not defund Obamacare.
Both Perry — a possible 2016 presidential candidate — and Lonegan praised the GOP in Congress for fighting the law. Lonegan said he was proud they had “the guts to hold the line against Obamacare.”