By Amie Parnes - 11/07/13 08:26 AM EST
President Obama urged Republican governors to move forward and allow the Affordable Care Act expansion of Medicaid in their states, using an appearance in Dallas to make the case that the governors should stop playing politics.
"There's no state that actually needs this more than Texas," Obama said, speaking briefly at local synagogue in the Lone Star state before moving on to a fundraiser.
White House aides say they chose to go to Dallas for the event because it's one of the top 10 cities with uninsured Americans.
When the Affordable Care Act originally passed, states were required to expand Medicaid coverage for all individuals making below the federal poverty level or within 138 percent of it.
But the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that the federal government couldn't force states to expand the joint program, enabling some Republican governors, including Perry, to reject the growth of Medicaid in their states.
In his remarks, Obama expressed frustration over the rejection of the coverage by some Republican governors.
"One of the things that sometimes gets me a little frustrated, although I understand it because I'm in politics, is folks who are complaining about how the website is not working and why isn't Obama fixing this ... and yet, they're leaving a million people right now without health insurance," Obama said. "There's not a lot of logic to that, but that's okay."
Obama also spent about half of the 13-minute speech easing concerns about the persistent problems on the HealthCare.gov.