AUSTIN -- The launch of the Affordable Care Act is less than two weeks away, and Texas Governor Rick Perry is opening up more about why he wants to keep the program out of Texas.
Perry went on national television Wednesday night. On CNN’s Crossfire program Perry said there are enough healthcare options already available to Texans. He called the ACA "a broken system."
Perry has said he wants the flexibility to let Texas design its own health care solution. He says the best program would include asset testing and health savings accounts.
"We made the decision that we don't want to force people to have to buy insurance. They have access to some of the finest health care in the world with the Texas Medical Center there, one of the largest medical establishments in the country. The idea that we're going to make people buy insurance to be a part of Texas... we're about giving people freedom," explained Perry.
In Texas the program is expected to cover more than a million low-income Texans who can't afford private coverage by raising the cutoff for Medicaid. It would draw an estimated $100 billion in Federal funds over 10 years.
Online open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act is set to begin Oct. 1.