Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday called the President Obama-backed Affordable Care Act a “horrible piece of legislation.”
Perry made the comment during a visit to San Angelo Wednesday while addressing flaws in the federal healthcare bill. Perry has been outspoken about his opposition to the healthcare law.
The fight over de-funding the healthcare has brought the government to a standstill and Perry is also still pushing to do away with the Affordable Care Act.
Texas is one of more than 25 states not implementing the new law and challenging its constitutionality.
"We haven't hidden our great concern about the implementation of it – that it’s going to cost Texas huge amounts of money,” Perry said. “Over the next 10 years $18 billion more Texas taxpayer dollars will have to go to fund this piece of legislation.
Perry stressed that Republicans and Texans aren’t the problem.
“I was stunned a week ago when President Obama and Harry Reid stood up and said we are not going to negotiate,” Perry said “It's our way or the highway.”
However, not everyone agrees with the governor’s decision.
"I am absolutely in favor of people being insured,” Abilene resident Alana Maddox said. “I think we owe it to our children."
One man said he sees both sides of the argument.
"(It’s good that) perquisites and any kind of conditions that people may have that would prevent them from getting healthcare (can be covered), but at the same time charges on people that don't have healthcare aren't good,” Abilene Christian University student Tyler Roberts said.
Some people are concerned for everyone.
"Those that don't have it, how are they going to be able to make it?” military veteran Donald Kasten said.
"Maybe there's a message there across the country that although we'd like to see government be effective and efficient maybe we got too much of it in Washington D.C.,” Perry said.
Texas has the highest rate in the country of uninsured people at 25 percent. Cost is the No. 1 reason people aren’t insured. Texas ranks eighth in the country for people living in poverty at 17.4 percent.