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Texas Governor Isn’t Budging On Medicaid Expansion

AUSTIN (March 2, 2013)--If Gov. Rick Perry is feeling any pressure to expand health care coverage to more than 1.5 million people under Medicaid, he isn't showing it.

Republican governors in Florida, Ohio, New Jersey and Michigan have reconsidered their opposition to the Affordable Care Act.

The Texas Medical Association, the Texas Hospital Association and several major county commissioners' courts all agree that investing $15 billion of state money to get $100 billion back from the federal government is a good idea.

But Perry insists that President Barack Obama should let Texas develop its own health care system for the poor and disabled, even as groups across the state continue to try to change his mind.


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