From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
July 9, 2012
Contact: Lee Nichols, 512-463-0126

Senator Van de Putte Responds to Gov. Perry's ACA Decision

(Austin) — This morning, Governor Rick Perry announced that Texas would not expand its Medicaid program, thus making the extension of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act more difficult. In response, Senator Leticia Van de Putte (District 26, Bexar County) issued the following statement:

"Governor Perry's decision this morning is unfortunate, but not unexpected. Sadly, too many of my colleagues believe that blocking access to health care security will somehow lead our people to prosperity. While the leadership in Texas continues to stick its head in the sand, six million people — nearly a quarter of our population — struggle on without health insurance. Thankfully, the Obama Administration will help out by crafting an insurance exchange for us, but we've missed an opportunity to have an exchange crafted by Texans for Texas, and to extend Medicaid to working Texans who desperately need it."