Obama to Rally for Medicaid in Dallas

1.4 million uninsured Texans would benefit from an expansion.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Election Night.
National Journal
Clara Ritger
Nov. 6, 2013, 1:50 a.m.

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.