Dueling Medicaid Events Pit Perry vs. Castro Brothers

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Texas' top Republican guns, Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, have teamed up to oppose expanding Medicaid services in the state.

However, 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 said Texas will not be "held hostage" by the Obama administration.

Later, though, Democratic stars Julian and Joaquin Castro held their own state Capitol event calling Medicaid expansion "the right thing to do." They said it will help more than a million poor, uninsured people.

KBTX-TV Channel 3 4141 E. 29th Street Bryan, TX 77802 Phone: (979) 846-7777 Fax: (979) 846-1490 News Fax: (979) 846-1888
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 200978641 - kbtx.com/a?a=200978641
Gray Television, Inc.