Sebelius: Talk on health care plan up to Texas

Perry calls Obamacare 'costly and burdensome'

Published On: Aug 19 2013 06:19:00 PM CDT

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius isn't giving up on Texas falling into line with the Obama administration's health care program.

Sebelius was in Houston Monday to talk with local leaders about implementation of Obama's program, known as the Affordable Care Act.

She said the wants to have conversations with Texans about expanding health care coverage in the state. But she also said that it's up to state leaders to reach out to the federal government. Sebelius says she remains "open to a program that looks uniquely Texan."

The Cabinet secretary also announced a video contest aimed at showing young adults the benefits of the new health care law.

Republican leaders in Texas have refused to cooperate with the expansion of health care coverage unless required by federal law.

In a statement, Gov. Rick Perry said, "If Obamacare were sound health care policy, Secretary Sebelius wouldn’t have to resort to video contests and prizes to tempt people to sign up. Texans are already subject to too much costly and burdensome federal regulation, and Obamacare only makes the problem worse."