Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Secretary Sebelius’ Visit to Texas

Thursday, August 08, 2013  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release

Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement on U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' Obamacare tour in Texas:

"Today, Secretary Sebelius is back in Texas to again explain the increasingly-convoluted, and increasingly-delayed, implementation of the federal exchange system. With due respect, the secretary and our president are missing the point: It's not that Americans don't understand Obamacare, it's that we understand it all too well. In Texas, we've been fighting Obamacare from the beginning, refusing to expand a broken Medicaid system and declining to set up a state health insurance exchange. We took these steps to minimize the damage Obamacare will cause to our economy and state budget, although we're all too aware Obamacare will still cause our state immense budgetary challenges in the years ahead, just like it will to families and small businesses across our country."

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