Gov. Perry stands firm: No Medicaid expansion in Texas

Posted Monday, Apr. 01, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Texas’ top leaders said Monday that they are standing firm – and will not accept federal money to expand Medicaid in Texas.

Even as protesters stood outside Gov. Rick Perry’s office, chanting and calling on leaders to change their minds, Perry – flanked by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, local U.S. Reps. Joe Barton and Michael Burgess and a handful of state lawmakers – said that’s not going to happen.

“Medicaid expansion is a misguided, and ultimately doomed, attempt to mask the shortcomings of Obamacare,” said Perry, who spoke with congressional leaders about the issue during a private roundtable discussion. “It would benefit no one in our state to see their taxes skyrocket and our economy crushed as our budget crumbled under the weight of oppressive Medicaid costs.

“Texas doesn’t need another mandate, but the flexibility to care for our own in a manner that makes sense both effectively and financially."

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