Video: Texas Gov. Rick Perry Refuses to Expand Medicaid to Uninsured in the Name of "Freedom"

| by Michael Allen

During an interview with Fox News host Jenna Lee on Monday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R)  said that his state would refuse to implement President Barack Obama’s health care reform law because it was “like adding 1,000 people to the Titanic.”

Gov. Perry said: “If anyone had any doubt, we wanted to put it to bed that Texas wasn’t going to be a part of expanding socializing of our medicine. So, we’re not going to participate in exchanges, we’re not going to expand Medicaid.”

“The bottom line here is that Medicaid is a failed program. To expand this program is not unlike adding 1,000 people to the Titanic. You’re going to further drive this country into debt. … We don’t trust this administration and we don’t trust Washington, D.C. to be able to deliver health care in our state."

However, Lee reminded Gov. Perry: “According to a new federal government report, I know you’ve seen this, Texas has ranked last when it comes to health services provided by the state. The facts are one out of four Texans is without health insurance, one out of four Texans is on Medicare or Medicaid.”

Gov. Perry then claimed: “We got some of the finest health care in the world. The idea that this federal government, which doesn’t like Texas to begin with, to pick and choose and come up with some data and say Texas has the worse health care system in the world is just fake and false on its face.”