AUSTIN (May 8, 2013)--Dozens of protesters marched through the Texas Capitol Wednesday in Austin, demanding expansion of the Medicaid program, but hopes for the program are fading.
The Texas Organizing Project protesters marched inside the Capitol rotunda Wednesday, chanting, "We need health care, we can't wait," but the only chance that remains to include the working poor in the health program for the destitute and disabled is to add it to another bill now pending in the Legislature.
The Texas House missed a Tuesday night deadline to put a conservative bill up for consideration called "The Texas Solution."
The demonstrators singled out Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who presides over the Texas Senate, for his opposition to Medicaid expansion.
More than 24 percent of Texans do not have health insurance, the highest rate in the country.