Dueling Medicaid events pit Perry vs. Castro bros.

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Associated Press

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 2 at 7:34 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' top Republican guns, Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, have teamed up to oppose expanding Medicaid services in the state.

However, their rare joint appearance Monday was marred by about 40 protesters screaming "Health care now!" and "Let us in!" outside the governor's Texas Capitol office.

Advocates say extending Medicaid could provide up to 1 million Texans some health care coverage. But it's also a centerpiece of the White House-backed health care reform Perry, Cruz and Cornyn despise.

Perry said Texas will not be "held hostage" by the Obama administration.

Later, though, Democratic stars Julian and Joaquin Castro held their own state Capitol event calling Medicaid expansion "the right thing to do." They said it will help more than a million poor, uninsured people.

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