Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) claimed today that enacting Obamacare was a "criminal act" and a "felony."
Gov. Perry failed to mention that Obamacare passed via a legal vote in Congress in 2009, was lawfully signed by President Obama in 2010 and upheld in the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012.
Speaking at an event for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan in Hasbrouck Height, N.J., Gov. Perry said: “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. And that, I suggest to you, reaches the point of being a felony toward them and their future” (video below).
“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,” added Gov. Perry, who could not name what law or statute was actually being violated.
According NJ.com, Lonegan said he supported the government shutdown by House Republicans: “If the only inconvenience is that we're shutting down national parks, I think we can live with that."
Lonegan's claim that only national parks are being shut down is false. There are numerous areas of government being shut down, including the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, which provides nutritional food to 9 million low income moms and kids, noted The Huffington Post.
“Steve Lonegan today underscored why he has no business representing New Jersey in the U.S. Senate... Lonegan also trivialized the furloughing without pay of more than 30,000 New Jersey federal workers," said Lonegan’s Democratic opponent Newark, N. J. Mayor Cory Booker, noted Patch.com.