AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry says President Barack Obama came to Texas to try and keep the nation’s new health care law from collapsing under its own weight.
Obama was in Dallas on Wednesday, promoting his embattled signature initiative in the state with the highest rate of uninsured Americans.
The visit was a slap at Perry, a Republican who has repeatedly refused to expand health coverage under Medicaid as part of the new law.
In a statement, Perry said the president was trying to “salvage his ill-conceived and unpopular program from a Titanic fate.”
He noted that Medicaid already consumes a quarter of the state budget, and said Texas won’t accept a “one-size-fits-all Washington mandate.”
Perry added: “Texans aren’t the reason Obamacare is crumbling. Obamacare is the reason Obamacare is crumbling.”
(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)