President Obama On Health Care: “There’s No State that Actually Needs This More Than Texas”
President Obama on Wednesday traveled to Dallas, Texas, where he met with supporters of his health care law, encouraging them to keep up their efforts to promote it, even in the face of conservative resistance. He specifically took state leaders to task for refusing to expand Medicaid — an optional part of Obamacare.
“I know that sometimes this task is especially challenging here in the great Lone Star state,” Mr. Obama said at Temple Emanu-El, where he addressed a group of “navigators” — individuals tasked with helping people in their community sign up for insurance on the new marketplace. “But I think that all of you understand that there’s no state that actually needs this more than Texas.”
Under Obamacare, states have the choice to expand Medicaid so that it’s available to anyone with an income under 138 percent of the federal poverty line. Currently, Medicaid exists as a joint federal-state program that provides health care to certain poor Americans, such as children and the elderly. So far, 25 states and the District of Columbia have decided to expand, but the remaining 25 states can decide to do so at any time in the future.