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Garcia said he likes Perry, but suggested the governor go undercover to experience life without medical insurance.

“If you have cancer and your medication is high, why should we let you die because you don’t have the money to pay for it?” he said. “You’re human. You should have the same right as anybody else to be taken care of.”

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Llorca reported from El Paso. Associated Press Writer Chris Tomlinson in Austin also contributed to this report.