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  Rick Perry: W.H. holding states 'hostage' with Medicaid expansion
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ContributorBrandonius Maximus 
Last EditedBrandonius Maximus  Apr 01, 2013 01:43pm
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News DateMonday, April 1, 2013 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionTexas Gov. Rick Perry issued his most forceful rejection yet of the health law’s massive Medicaid expansion, calling it a “fool’s errand” and promising that governors in pro-expansion states would regret their support.

“Texas will not be held hostage to the Obama administration’s attempt to force us into this fool’s errand,” he said, flanked by Republican Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and Reps. Joe Barton and Michael Burgess.

Also in attendance was Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who compared Medicaid expansion with a drug addict taking his first hit and never being able to kick the habit.

Perry’s comments are a direct rejection of a recent movement among Republican governors in support of Medicaid expansion. Those governors have argued that expansion would provide an economic windfall for their states, offer basic health coverage to the most vulnerable and prop up struggling hospitals.
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