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Perry, Cruz, Cornyn join forces on Medicaid

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas’ top Republicans guns, Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, have teamed up to oppose expanding Medicaid services in the state.

But their rare joint appearance Monday was marred by about 40 protesters screaming “Health care now!” and “Let us in!” outside the governor’s Texas Capitol office.

Advocates say extending Medicaid could provide up to 1 million Texans some health care coverage.

But it’s also a centerpiece of the White House-backed health care reform Perry, Cruz and Cornyn despise.

Perry says the program will “bankrupt” Texas. Cruz, a tea party firebrand, wants to repeal the entire health care reform law.

Meanwhile, Democratic stars Julian and Joaquin Castro are holding their own event at the state Capitol on Monday, demanding that Texas accept Medicaid expansion.

 

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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