President Obama visited Dallas on Wednesday for two fundraisers and an event about the Affordable Care Act.
Obama wasn't shy during his visit to Dallas' Temple Emanu-El and pushed Texas Gov. Rick Perry to expand access to Medicaid.
"Here in just the Dallas area, 133,000 people who don't currently have health insurance would immediate get health insurance without even having to go through the website," Obama said.
Gov. Rick Perry blasted President Obama in a statement, "He's coming to Texas in a desperate attempt to salvage his ill-conceived and unpopular program from a Titanic fate," said Perry. "Texans aren't the reason Obamacare is crumbling, Obamacare is the reason Obamacare is crumbling."
Texas officials rejected the option to expand Medicaid access and declined to operate a statewide health care exchange. Obama's visit was to highlight the work of those trying to sign people up at a federal level for health care and push for Medicaid.
Obama met with the volunteers at Dallas' Temple Emanu-El who are working on enrollment and outreach efforts. The volunteers work for Dallas Area Interfaith, a local group of religious and community organizations who are working to educate North Texans about the new law.
"It was important for us, as difficult and as challenging as it has been, to go ahead and move forward," Obama told volunteers.
Obama said people should be able to go to the hospital and get the care they need without worrying about going bankrupt from medical bills.
"That's what we've been fighting for," Obama said.
Obama also scheduled to attend two private fundraisers to benefit Democratic efforts to keep control of the US Senate in 2014. The fundraisers were scheduled for October, but delayed due to the government shutdown.
Obama landed in Dallas shortly before 5 p.m. on Wednesday at Dallas Love Field and was greeted on the tarmac by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.
Obama last visited Dallas in April for the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
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