Gov. Rick Perry plans to keep 6.2 million Texans uninsured

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April 1, 2013. Today Gov. Perry and Senators Cruz and Cornyn stood up before Texans and said that they don’t give a damn if your grandmother, or if your child, has access to health insurance. They said that they want to keep 6.2 million Texans uninsured, and that they want to turn down nearly $100 billion in funding. These were not declarations made in secret or hidden from the public. They weren’t made as some sort of sick April Fool’s joke. No, Texan Republicans are so proud of these insane decisions that they announced them in a press conference about their refusal to expand Medicaid.

Texas has more uninsured people than any other state in the nation, and Gov. Perry plans to keep it that way.

Representative Trey Martinez Fischer puts this failure of leadership into perspective, “One man’s politics should not stand in the way of quality, affordable healthcare for millions of Texans. When business, faith leaders, health professionals, and elected officials all agree, the decision to expand Medicaid in Texas becomes incredibly clear. This is the right thing to do.”

Expanding Medicaid is simply the right thing to do.

Check out the below video and share it with your networks to educate Texans about the need to expand Medicaid.

One Texas Video

We have the opportunity to strengthen Texas’ health care system and to provide quality care to our children, seniors and other Texans in need. This is not a time to play politics. This is a time for action.

U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro wrote a recent op-ed in which he pointed out to Perry that, “Being tough on people with no health insurance won’t win you the Republican presidential primary in 2016. It definitely won’t win you the presidency.”

We agree. Texas deserves better than this. We deserve political leaders who care about our health. And we deserve, and demand, Medicaid expansion now.

Let’s get this done,

Gilberto Hinojosa
Texas Democratic Party,