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Bonehead Quote of the Week: Gov. Rick Perry on Obamacare

October 4, 2013
Courtesy of Creative Commons Images.

Courtesy of Creative Commons Images.

Apparently confused about what “criminal” entails, Gov. Rick Perry admonished Pres. Barack Obama’s signature heath care legislation this week:

“If this health 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 said at a New Jersey campaign event on Tuesday, according to conservative-leaning site, RealClearPolitics. “And that, I will suggest to you, reaches to 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. America cannot stand that. America cannot accept that.”

Republican leaders have done all they can to derail the Affordable Care Act, known as ‘Obamacare’, implemented at the start of this month and by tacking on extra requirements for ‘navigators’ Perry is certainly among them. They’ve also flooded the airwaves with misinformation and fear– but deeming the ACA tantamount to a “felony” is taking it up a notch. Perry rejected the federal Medicaid expansion and is noted for bashing the service along with Medicare and Social Security as ‘unconstitutional.’

A ‘criminal act toward young men and women’ is one step further especially considering young adults may stand to benefit the most from Obamacare. According to Families USA, 40 percent, or 914,000, of uninsured Texans are ages 18-34 and would be eligible for premium tax credits, which are likely to be higher since young adults earn disproportionately lower wages. And while young adults may see fines if they decide not to partake in the ACA, jail time is not a punishment. The law specifically states that those who do not pay the penalty “shall not be subject to any criminal prosecution,” writes FactCheck.org. Oops!

 

 

 

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  • GIno

    Maybe not a criminal act but you will owe the government.

  • GIno

    Obamacare has many mysteries that we don’t know. Also, the scope to were it can be changed, modified and how much these “changes” could potentially hurt or help the people.
    Yes, this is a law there is no challenge about that. but we want clarification we want to know how exactly this will affect the low class, the middle class and the high class.. nobody has told Us anything about it. The only thing that is clear is that most of the people of the U.S. already lives within the borderline of not being able to pay the bills and not everybody is financially stable to support an additional payment.
    Also all people will be affected on their taxes and the probabilities that your taxes might go up in future years, that is definetly a concern to all of Us.

  • GIno

    Ending with this… There are definetly many questions to Obamacare still and Us relying on the government to do what is right is definetly scary… What happens if next presidential term the republicans win, then what they start taxing you more and blame it on the old administration… is that a possibility?

  • GIno

    The idea that everyone has an obligation to the state to support one another is definetly a very good idea, however it needs to be in writing and precise limitations. Just like the current governments that do have universal healthcare.. and even those fall under the scrutiny of government failures.. Don’t believe me?? a clear one is Social Security THe government has heavily borrowed form social security since the Regan Admin… and now they are struggling and fighting to keep it afloat… Inflation has overpassed the program and the small amount of monies that our retirees get is not even enough to support a lifestyle…
    So the question is it may be a good idea now… but will it be good for the long term??

  • candiey

    He meant what the president behavior by trying to force us all into Obamacare is illegal and that the president should be punished. Not that jail time would inflicted on the individuals being forced in the system. If you are so hard line left that you have to falsely interpret stories so you can spin them into something horrible about the right you should not be writing political stories. I am going to complain to your publisher.

  • FreedomMan

    Nice going, Rick. Using your logic, the “criminal act” began when Texas made “mandatory” auto liability insurance a law. Oh wait, should we go back even further, to when the great state of Texas made Workers Compensation insurance (or a bond) mandatory? The facts seem to make it very clear that state governments paved the way for the national government to join the state governments in these so-called criminal acts.

  • jt

    Nice going author. Way to slant a news story to try and promote your point of view. Too bad you are incapable of reporting the facts and letting your readers form their own opinion.

  • jt

    Heavily borrowed against since the Reagan administration???? Try looking up where Johnson got his money to fund his “Great Society”. There is no way in heck we are ever going to get anywhere until both the extremes of right and left open their eyes long enough to see the truth in front of them. No bipartisan solution is going to be possible until then. Yes, any great society is judged by how they treat the least of them but at the same time we also need to be aware of spending within our means and teaching folks to fish instead of giving them one.