Rick Perry and Obamacare: Fact-Checking the Claims
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, is finding it difficult to look at the new year with his usual optimism. In an op-ed for The Dallas Morning News, Perry says that this year, “a great sense of peril as Americans face the full brunt of the disastrous impacts of Obamacare in 2014,” is testing his New Year’s resolve.
Perry peppered his piece with numbers and dismay about the health care law. The numbers form the backbone of his argument: In regards to health care, what the American people were promised was not delivered, he says. The accuracy of the governor’s claims need to be investigated if his argument is to stand ground against rising enrollment figures.
He begins with the cost of the website, $600 million. At a hearing on Capitol Hill in December, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius noted $319 million had been spent through the end of October on the website. The Washington Post provided some of her remarks. Sebelius went on to say that $677 million was promised in regards to the website, so Perry’s cost may not be far off in the end.
Perry uses numbers from the “if you like your plan, you can keep it” promise to display distrust by Americans toward the president. Perry cites an estimate that 6 million people have now had their plans cancelled. In November, NBC News investigated the canceled policies – at the time, more than 5 million people had been notified their insurance plans could not continue under Obamacare.