As a promising presidential candidate, Texas Governor Rick Perry has been vocal in his attacks on the Obama administration and its sweeping changes and nationalized health care — but where does Perry himself stand on health care issues, and what would “Perrycare” look like, exactly?
In a recent feature in The Atlantic, reporters following Perry’s record on health care and insurance issues say that Perry’s first months on the campaign trail have done little to clarify what he would do to revamp or rescind the recent wave of Obama health care initiatives. But following some digging, more details of Perry’s proposals emerged.
Perry’s staff provided writers at The Texas Tribune with some clues, mostly saying that the governor’s first step would be to work with Congress to repeal Obama’s changes and to try to start over–and push for more state-level control and possibilities for localized reform efforts.
Perry spokesman Mark Miner is quoted as saying the governor would attempt to lower skyrocketing health care costs “through the proven, market-based strategies of transparency, choice and competition.”
States would be incentivized to help encourage more competition in the insurance marketplace, and Miner added that Perry would push them to help create better options for patients with costly pre-existing conditions and to provide low-cost options for small businesses.