Connie Paredes, a 41-year-old volunteer with the Texas Organizing Project, paid $50 for a luncheon ticket Wednesday to hear Gov. Rick Perry address an audience of small-business folks at the Austin Hilton downtown. She ended up, along with two of her colleagues, having a 20-minute closed-door meeting with the governor on the issue closest to their heart — expanding Medicaid.
“Yes, it was worth the price of admission,” Paredes said. She was referring to both the $50 and her willingness, along with a handful of fellow TOP activists, to stand one by one and heckle Perry about his unwillingness to expand Medicaid coverage in Texas, as the Obama administration would like.
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