Governor Rick Perry says unlike other Republican governors, he will not agree to expand our state's Medicaid program.
About 2,000 people gathered at the steps of the state Capitol to protest today's vote by state, GOP lawmakers who agreed not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare.
The governor says it would be fiscally irresponsible to throw money into such a broken system.
Those who support expansion acknowledge that the current system needs reforms, but they say that's not enough of a reason for perry to turn it down.
"I don't expect it to turn overnight, but individual voices - especially physician voices - need to continue to be heard because a lot of our patients who really need it," said Dr. Anna Tran of Doctors for America-Texas.
Opening up the program would cover an additional 2 million Texans and the state could draw $100 billion dollars in federal money.
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