(Bloomberg Politics) — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday that Congress should repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) but not try to replace it—that it should leave that task to states.
“The fact is that the alternatives lie in the states,” the potential Republican presidential candidate said at an economic summit hosted in Orlando by Florida Gov. Rick Scott. “You cannot have one-size-fits-all.”
Perry’s remarks represent a break from many members of his party who want to eliminate the law but insist that Congress cannot return to the status quo of the days before the passage of PPACA.
“So obviously the repealing of Obamacare, we’ll all say ‘yes, that’s what we’re all going to do,’” Perry said. But when it comes to a replacement, Perry said he would prefer to “trust your states to come up with it, rather than Washington D.C.”