The state of Texas has 1.5 million uninsured residents and faces billions in uncompensated hospital care every year.
However, Texas Governor Rick Perry is still refusing to expand medicaid in his state, which would provide medical care for the 1.5 million Texas and bring $90 billion in funding to the Lone Star state, reports TheHill.com.
“The conventional wisdom in Austin is that he's not running for governor,” said Jay Root, who wrote a book about Gov. Perry's 2012 presidential run. “If he's going to run for anything, he's going to run for president.”
“We care about our poorest Texans," claimed Gov. Perry last month at the Conservative Political Action Conference. “We want them to have the best care possible, and that cannot happen with a program that is on its way to bankruptcy.”
According to The Dallas Morning News, Gov. Perry, Texas Republicans Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. John Cornyn slammed Medicaid, which provides health care for uninsured poor people, during a press conference on Monday.
“Why in the world would we keep expanding this flawed system, and jamming more and more people into a program where they can’t find a doctor who will see them?” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).
Gov. Perry said on Monday that other Republican governors who have accepted the Medicaid expansion, as part of Obamacare, will “come to rue the day, because Medicaid will take a larger and larger share of their state budgets.”
During the press conference, protesters shouted "Perry, take the money!" and other slogans.
Sources: TheHill.com and The Dallas Morning News