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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

"Texas is not merely strong, Texas is exceptional."

As Governor Rick Perry expressed his vaunted opinion of the Lone Star State, other citizens not far away were publicly sharing a much different perception.

"Because of Perry's 'No care economy' and Perry's 'No care plan" we don't have access to healthcare. How can you support a working class when you don't have them in mind?," said Dee Trevino, a working mother without health coverage.

Yet inside the Hilton ballroom, where he spoke to the Greater Houston Partnership, Perry said nothing of his refusal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act - a move experts say could provide health coverage to 2 million currently uninsured Texans.

Instead, the Governor pitched his plan to invest $3.7 billion "Rainy Day" dollars into the state's infrastructure.

"They will insure that both water and traffic will continue to flow across this state for generations to come," said Perry.

Also absent from the governor's speech was any suggestion that lawmakers restore the $5 billion dollars stripped from public schools two years ago.

Instead, Perry is pushing $1.8 billion in rebates to taxpayers. It's cash he claims government doesn't need and shouldn't use.

"I'm proud that in this state we are talking about the best way to give some of that money back to those of you who risk that capitol," said Perry.

Outside, in a city with highest the uninsured rate in the country, Perry's priorities were viewed by protesters as twisted.

"We are one accident and one illness away from depleting our savings. That's not caring about Texans. That's saying we are killing Texans," said Trevino.

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