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Quirk in health care law could set up tough choice for Rick Perry on Medicaid

AUSTIN — A glitch in the federal health care law could put Gov. Rick Perry over a political barrel. Under President Barack Obama’s signature measure, some legal immigrants will receive subsidies to help buy private insurance next year. But thanks to a legal quirk and an unexpected twist from the Supreme Court, hundreds of thousands of poor Texans who are U.S. citizens stand to get nothing if Perry and state GOP leaders follow through in refusing a mostly federally paid expansion of Medicaid. The prospect that immigrants, even legal ones, possibly could receive better treatment under the law than native Texans may not faze Perry, especially as he guards his right flank against a possible challenge by Attorney General Greg Abbott in the 2014 governor’s race, said Rice University political scientist Mark Jones. Read more ......

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