Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has gone one step more in his criticism of the health care reform plan Mitt Romney signed into law when he was governor of Massachusetts.
Perry spoke early this afternoon at the Iowa Credit Union League’s annual meeting and this is what he said:
“The model for socialized medicine has been tried before…whether it was in western Europe or in Massachusetts…The problem with state-sponsored health care is that you cannot contain it just within the borders of your state. When that plan took effect, it also increased Medicare/Medicaid costs.”
Perry also said Romney’s health care law, which last night he referred to as RomneyCare, had “killed” 18,000 jobs according to a Beacon Hill Institute study.
“Think about what ObamaCare would do if it’s implemented all across this country. It must be repealted.”
There was no applause to this declaration from the crowd (although earlier the crowd had applauded when Perry said he wanted to repeal ObamaCare).
Perry also took aim at what he called the “spending” package President Obama unveiled earlier this month. Perry made this observation about the first two stimulus packages:
“You’ve got to ask yourself: How’d that work for us? Not very well.”
The crowd sat silently and did not respond.
Perry also repeated his, “I wasn’t born with four aces in my hand,” line, a dig at rival Romney’s background of privilege.
Perry spoke for about 15 minutes and answered questions from the credit union leaders in the crowd.