Rick Perry Takes a Shot at Romney Over Mass. Health Care

By Eliza

Aug 4, 2011 12:28pm

ABC News’ Arlette Saenz (@arlettesaenz) reports:

Texas Governor Rick Perry took a shot at Mitt Romney for the healthcare plan he implemented as governor of Massachusetts, calling it a “failure” and likening it to Obama’s health care plan.

“If some state decides to do something like pass a health care plan that, you know, is kind of like this Obama thing and it's a failure then we kind of go, 'ooh, we don't want to do that,' and that state may have been harmed by it, but the whole nation was not,” Perry told CBN in an exclusive interview.  

This is the first hit Perry has taken at a presidential candidate since he announced he’s toying with the idea of a run, but this is not the first time Perry has taken a swipe at Romney.  In his most recent book, "Fed Up!," Perry said he supports states’ decisions on healthcare but said Texans would not favor a plan like the one developed by Romney or Obama.

“On the other side of the coin, Massachusetts is free to experiment with state run healthcare.  If federalism is respected, the people of Massachusetts are free to try it while the rest of tha ntion sits back and watches to see if they have any success, and whether any success they do have is worth the price of losing liberty.  Now, we in Texas are not too excited about the prospect of government-run anything, much less health care, and the federal legislation – known to most as Obamacare – is a direct result on the principle of federalism."

Earlier this week, the Austin-American Statesman reported on a long standing feud between the two governors.  In his 2008 book, “On My Honor,” Perry expressed anger with Romney for not allowing the Boy Scouts to volunteer at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. 

"Several years have gone by," Perry, who was an Eagle Scout himself, wrote, "and neither Mitt Romney nor anyone else who served as an official of the 2002 Winter Olympics has given a clear and logical explanation of why the door to volunteerism was shut."

"We know that Romney, as a political candidate in the politically liberal state of Massachusetts, has parted ways with the Scouts on its policies over the involvement of gay individuals in Scout activities."

The Romney camp has remained quiet about a potential bid by the Texas governor as many speculate Perry’s entrance in the race would affect Romney’s front-runner status.

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