Several hundred protesters marched in Austin on Tuesday to protest Texas Gov. Rick Perry's hard stance against expanding Medicaid coverage in the state.
Perry has dismissed calls to follow two tenets of the federal Affordable Care Act: expand Medicaid, the government program providing health insurance for sick or low-income people, and set up a health insurance exchange where people can shop for coverage.
He has called Medicaid expansion "an unsustainable program" that would cost taxpayers billions.
But protesters on Tuesday told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said expanding Medicaid would cover more than a million low-income Texans who are desperately in need of healthcare. State officials have previously stated that nearly one in four Texans were uninsured, the highest percentage in the nation.
But the governor has insisted that agreeing to such "Orwellian" programs amounts to making "Texas a mere appendage of the federal government when it comes to healthcare."