No Republican lawmakers have gone on record supporting the Medicaid expansion…

No Republican lawmakers have gone on record supporting the Medicaid expansion…

The Texas Tribune

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Texas Democrats See Path to Medicaid Expansion

by Becca Aaronson December 3, 2012  

graphic by: Todd Wiseman

Despite Gov. Rick Perry’s firm opposition to a key tenet of federal health reform — expanding the state’s Medicaid program for those with low incomes — Texas Democrats remain optimistic that the 2013 legislative session can yield a deal that brings in billions in additional federal dollars.

It will be a tough sell: No Republican lawmakers have gone on record supporting the Medicaid expansion, which would add an estimated 1.8 million Texans onto the joint state-federal health plan by 2022.

But state Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, said fiscal conservatives have an incentive to reach an agreement “because the alternative is going to cost us much more economically and dig a much deeper hole in our budget.”

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