At Tuesday night's GOP Presidential Debate in Hanover, New Hampshire, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney countered Texas Governor Rick Perry's criticism of Romney's health care plan with an assertion that his health care policies made Massachusetts the number one state when it comes to insuring children, while Texas remains at the bottom.
The Statement: "I'll tell you this, though. We have the lowest number of kids, as a percentage, uninsured, of any state in America. You have the highest... We have less than 1 percent of our kids -- they're uninsured. You have a million kids uninsured in Texas -- a million kids." -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, directly addressing Texas Gov. Rick Perry
The Facts: According to the Kaiser Family Foundation's statehealthfacts.org website, Massachusetts had 51,000 uninsured children in 2008-2009, the latest years for which statistics are available. That amounts to 3 percent of the state's children, not less than 1 percent as Romney claimed. It is still the lowest percentage among all the states. The national average is 10 percent.
Texas actually had 1,303,000 uninsured children in 2008-2009, according to the website, which is even more than Romney said. That amounts to 18 percent of the state's children, the highest percentage in the nation (along with Florida, also coming in at 18 percent). The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan group.
The Verdict: True, but incomplete