Governor Proposes Selling Lottery

Affordable health insurance for 2 million working Texans living without it.

That initiative fueled Governor Rick Perry's State of the State address today in Austin.

NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg has more on how the Governor plans to pay for the program, he's calling 'Healthier Texas.'

   The governor proposed Texas sell it's lottery to a private firm to help pay for health insurance for more Texans. 

Perry estimates the lottery could be sold for 14-billion dollars. Perry says the state could then help families get health insurance by providing monthly premium assisted payments of up to $150.00 per person.

"To Washington I say this gives us flexibility to design different plans for different populations to introduce co-payments for emergency care in order to encourage preventative care and let us give consumers greater choice."

Perry also proposed establishing a trust fund for cancer research.

He pushed for a guest-worker program for illegal immigrants, reforming the state's prison system and other economic development initiatives. 

Perry also defended his recent order to require Texas school girls be vaccinated for HPV, a virus that causes cervical cancer.

That order has been under fire from members of his own party.

Read the complete text of Governor Perry's speech here: Text of Gov. Rick Perry's State-of-the-State Address

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