Perry: Obama's Texas visit won't save health law

President spent Wednesday night rallying for support in Dallas

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DALLAS - President Barack Obama spent Wednesday night in Dallas to rally support for his new health care reform law, since Texas has more uninsured residents than any other state.

Gov. Rick Perry says President Obama came to Texas to try and keep the nation's new health care law from collapsing under its own weight.

The visit was a slap at Perry, a Republican who has repeatedly refused to expand health coverage under Medicaid as part of the new law.

In a statement, Perry said the president was trying to "salvage his ill-conceived and unpopular program from a Titanic fate."

He noted that Medicaid already consumes a quarter of the state budget, and said Texas won't accept a "one-size-fits-all Washington mandate."

Perry added: "Texans aren't the reason Obamacare is crumbling. Obamacare is the reason Obamacare is crumbling."

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