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PolitiFact: Texas Has Highest Percentage of Uninsured

KUT News

Gov. Rick Perry is holding firm to his decision to rebuff any Medicaid expansion under the federal health care law. One lawmaker says expansion is necessary – because Texas has six million uninsured residents– and that makes the state No. 1 in the nation.

How true is that statement?

KUT spoke with Gardner Selby of the Austin American-Statesman’s PolitiFact Texas. He said the claim was made last month in Dallas by state Rep. Garnet Coleman, a Houston Democrat.  Rep. Coleman appeared on WFAA-TV’s  “Inside Texas Politics” and made a case for Texas agreeing to expand Medicaid access, in part by pointing out that many residents lack health coverage. Coleman said, quote “We have the most uninsured people than any other state. It’s six million people."

You can listen to the conversation in the audio player above.

Emily Donahue is a former grants writer for KUT. She previously served as news director and helped launch KUT’s news department in 2001.
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