Wallace Presses Perry: Do You Feel 'Responsibility' for Uninsured Texans?
2016 Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry spoke to Chris Wallace today in a "Fox News Sunday" exclusive interview.
Wallace noted that Perry is campaigning with a strong populist message and pointed out that when Perry was governor of Texas, more than one in five Texans didn't have health coverage.
"Is that looking out for the little guy, when 21 percent of Texans didn't have health insurance?" Wallace asked.
"If how you keep score is how many people you force to buy insurance, well, then I would say that that's how you keep score," Perry said. "Let me explain what we do in Texas. And this is a state by state decision. We make access to health care the real issue. We passed the most sweeping tort reform in the nation. We've got 35,000 more physicians licensed to practice medicine in 2013 than we did a decade before that."
Perry asserted that it's about access to health care, not about whether you force somebody to buy insurance.
As the governor for 14 years, don't you feel some responsibility when 21 percent of the people in your state didn't have health insurance? Wallace pressed.
"But that's not how we keep score," Perry insisted. "I think it's a fallacy to say access to health care is all about insurance. What we happen to say in the state of Texas is we're going to try to make it as accessible as we can, good quality health care. And that's what we've done in the state of Texas."
Watch the full "Fox News Sunday" interview above.