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Public Statements

Texas' Decision Not to Expand Medicaid and the Vote to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Ms. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON of Texas. Madam Speaker, by refusing to expand Medicaid to cover millions of sick, low-income adults, Texas Governor Rick Perry has joined the growing list of Republican Governors who have decided to put partisan politics before the health of their residents.

6.2 million Texans, including 1.2 million children, lack health insurance, the highest number of any State in the Nation. Medicaid expansion would drastically decrease Texas' uninsured rate from an astonishing 25 percent to just 9 percent.

Without the Affordable Care Act, millions of uninsured Americans will continue to seek primary care in our Nation's overcrowded emergency rooms, leaving taxpayers, property owners, to foot the bill. As a nonpracticing registered nurse, I am all too familiar with this scenario, which has placed a tremendous burden on our Nation's hospital systems.

Madam Speaker, the highest court in the Nation has spoken, and it's time for us to move forward for the American people.

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