Rick Perry Doesn’t Care About People Having Healthcare: ‘That’s Not How We Keep Score’ (VIDEO)

Rick Perry appeared on Fox News Sunday and voiced his opinions on uninsured Texans. He was called out for the fact that his state had the most uninsured people in the entire nation, with more than 1 in 5 Texans not having health insurance.

Here is Rick Perry’s response broken up into three different statements. We will debunk all three claims, and explain the rationale behind this.

“We make access the real issue. We passed the most sweeping tort reform in the nation.”

If by “access” Perry means affordability, then it’s important to see how Texas fairs nationwide in this category. According to the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL), average Texas healthcare premiums in Perry’s last year of office (2014-2015) increased 5%. Twenty-eight states outperformed Texas in this area¬†while the national average didn’t increase at all. Historically this is unheard of. ObamaCare from a cost perspective seems to be working.

“It’s not about forcing someone to buy it.”

Here’s data from the Texas Medical Association, which refutes Perry’s claim:

“The uninsured are up to four times less likely to have a regular source of health care and more likely to die from health-related problems. They are much less likely to receive needed medical care. Extending health coverage to the uninsured could improve their overall health by 7 to 8 percent.”

“We have 35,000 more physicans licensed to practice than we did a decade ago.”

Don’t take this factoid out of context, as Perry just tried to do. The total number of active physicians in the United States has increased over the last decade from 2000 to 2012, from 692,368 to 826,001. This same trend also holds true for every single year going back all the way to 1949. Perry is somehow trying to equate the number of doctors in his state to imply that this creates greater access while mentioning nothing about affordability.

The conclusion here? Rick Perry just did a horrible job at explaining the worst uninsured rate in the entire nation. Not only this, but Texas also has the highest rate of uninsured children in the country, too.

Watch Rick Perry say “that’s not how we keep score in Texas:”¬†

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