The Rick Perry campaign is out with a new ad linking both Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney to the individual mandate included in the Affordable Care Act. Gingrich supported the requirement to purchase health care coverage from 1993 until declaring his candidacy for president in 2011 and Mitt Romney advocated for “personal responsibility” in health care as governor of Massachusetts. In 2009, he even suggested that it could serve as a model for the rest of the nation.
Watch Perry’s ad, which pledges to repeal health care reform:
Perry himself has come under fire from his fellow GOP candidates for signing a mandate that required teenage girls to receive vaccinates for HPV. In 2009, he also enacted the Texas Heart Attack Prevention Bill — which mandates insurance companies to pay for CT scans and ultrasound tests that can detect heart disease — after receiving considerable funds from a pharmaceutical company that stood to benefit from it. Medical experts warned that the tests were “a terrible waste of health care dollars” since “there is little evidence that the tests [Perry mandated] can improve people’s health.”
It’s unclear how Perry could live up to his promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act without Republican majorities in both the House and the Senate, however. Last week, he repeatedly insisted that the president has the authority to block the implementation of the measure, despite a recent Congressional Research Service report finding to the contrary.