Perry’s New Year’s Optimism Dampened By Health Care Law

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says the Affordable Care Act is dampening the optimism he usually feels at the start of a new year.

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AUSTIN (January 1, 2014) Texas Gov. Rick Perry says the nation's new health care law is dampening the optimism he normally feels with the coming of a new year.

In a Dallas Morning News op-ed Wednesday, Perry predicted that the "delays, deceit and debacles" that plagued the rollout of the law in 2013 will continue.

Texas has the highest rate of uninsured Americans, but Perry won't expand Medicaid for the working poor under the White House's signature initiative.

About 1 million Texans are without coverage as a result, the Kaiser Family Foundation said earlier this week.

The state also refused to create its own health care exchanges, forcing Texans to use the problem-plagued federal website to enroll for private health insurance.

Perry wrote in the op-ed that the federal website is a $600 million debacle.

He also said the law will increase insurance premiums and could mean that 80 million Americans lose employee-sponsored health insurance policies in 2014.

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