The president will ask Republicans in Texas to expand Medicaid, urging them to follow the lead of other states with Republican legislative majorities, including Arizona, Ohio, and Michigan.
“This is about making sure people where they live have access to good quality, affordable health care,” White House deputy senior adviser for communications and strategy David Simas told Politico on Tuesday.
His trip Wednesday will put pressure on Gov. Rick Perry and the GOP majority in the Legislature, who have been hesitant to take up the Medicaid expansion — which would cover 1.4 million uninsured Texans — because they fear the federal government will not fulfill its promise to cover a majority of the cost.
An expansion would cost the federal goverment $100 billion and the state of Texas $15.6 billion, The Dallas Morning News reports.