You might be able to find someone who hates the Affordable Care Act more than Gov. Rick Perry, but you'll have to look hard, especially now that U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius came all the way to Houston on Monday to announce a video contest promoting the federal healthcare act (aka Obamacare.)
This is after Sebelius swung through Austin a couple of weeks ago to try and get state officials to meet with her on the subject. Perry declined, noting that Texans have neither need or interest in the Affordable Care Act.
Sebelius must have a sense of humor because that decidedly cool reception from the Lone Star State didn't phase her a bit. On Monday, she went to the Legacy Community Health Services' Montrose clinic to announce a video contest to promote the act.
The contest is to make a video that will encourage young people to enroll for healthcare coverage. (There have to be a lot of young, healthy people enrolled in the system to make it balanced, hence the push to make not opting out of health insurance "cool." Because videos do that. We guess.)
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The deadline is September 23 with a grand prize of $6,500 for the best video.
Perry, obviously, was not in attendance of the event.
"If Obamacare were sound health care policy, Secretary Sebelius wouldn't have to resort to video contests and prizes to tempt people to sign up. Texans are already subject to too much costly and burdensome federal regulation, and Obamacare only makes the problem worse," Perry stated in a release issued Monday afternoon.
It seems safe to gather from his statement that Perry won't be entering the video contest.