Medicaid Heckler’s Interrupt Perry Speech

AUSTIN (May 22, 2013)--Hecklers repeatedly interrupted a speech Wednesday by Gov. Rick Perry, demanding that Texas expand the Medicaid program under the White House-backed health care reform law.

Perry was beginning his speech Wednesday morning at an Austin business forum when a woman chanted "Expand Texas health care!"

He replied, "I gotcha."

A few minutes later a man began yelling and Perry invited protesters to his office for a debate, imploring them to be polite.

He was interrupted again and again.

At one point the governor clapped his hands in exasperation and said, "Please, please, please, please!" before repeating his offer to debate the issue later.

Others chanted slogans in Spanish. Perry joked "only five more days until the Legislature leaves."

Lawmakers conclude their work May 27, but also have opposed an expansion of Medicaid.

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