Perry, Cruz, Cornyn join forces on Medicaid - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

Perry, Cruz, Cornyn join forces on Medicaid

Posted: Updated:

By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas - 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.

ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share
  • Today's Local News HeadlinesToday's Local NewsMore>>

  • Lane Closures for the Week

    Lane Closures for the Week

    Sunday, July 27 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-07-28 01:14:08 GMT
    Amarillo, TX - While you are out driving around this week here are some area lane closures to be aware of.
    Amarillo, TX - While you are out driving around this week here are some area lane closures to be aware of.
  • Car Seat Checkup at the Amarillo Fire Station

    Car Seat Checkup at the Amarillo Fire Station

    Sunday, July 27 2014 9:09 PM EDT2014-07-28 01:09:20 GMT
    Amarillo, TX - If your child's car seat moves when the car stops or turns, seems too small, or allows your child to get out...local agencies want to help keep your child safe.
    Amarillo, TX - If your child's car seat moves when the car stops or turns, seems too small, or allows your child to get out...local agencies want to help keep your child safe.
  • American doctor in Africa tests positive for Ebola

    American doctor in Africa tests positive for Ebola

    Sunday, July 27 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-27 19:19:55 GMT
    BOONE - An aid organization says that an American doctor working with Ebola patients in Liberia has tested positive for the deadly virus.
    BOONE - An aid organization says that an American doctor working with Ebola patients in Liberia has tested positive for the deadly virus.