AUSTIN - Fort Worth lawmakers were among about 200 people who rallied Wednesday on the state capitol steps, calling for Texas to spend more money on Medicaid - a move that potentially could bring in $100 billion in new federal funds to the state to cover health care for more residents.
"We know Gov. Perry is completely out of touch with the reality that's facing Texans in the area of health care," state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, told the crowd. "He is out of touch with Texans who have to wait until they are so sick they have to go to the emergency room so they can get health care."
"Where there's a will, there's a way," Burnam said.
Expanding Medicaid to cover more adults is a key part of the federal government's Affordable Health Care Act. But Texas thus far has declined to embrace it.
Texas could get $100 billion in federal funds for a $15 billion investment in state funds, according to one report.
The noon rally was sponsored by Austin Interfaith, which includes leaders and clergy from numerous religions and denominations.
- Gordon Dickson