Friends and neighbors –
We’re two weeks into 2020 and I’m moving forward with what I’ll call objective optimism. Despite partisan divisions, hopeful signs abound. Policymakers are beginning to look more to objective analysis and less to ideological dogma. We saw it during the 86th Legislature. I see much more ahead.
The shift is most apparent in the field of healthcare. Health insurance coverage, in particular – where Texas ranks dead last in the nation – demands our most serious and sincere efforts, and policy-makers know it. For a 4-minute summary of why it’s reasonable to expect that the Legislature will finally take up the challenge, check out my recent interview on CBS’ Inside Texas Politics. Yes, we’re talking about expanding healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act, a/k/a Medicaid Expansion. But we’re talking about it in a different way, at a different time, in a different political environment, and we’re equipped with better information (from the 36 states that have already done it). Potentially, we’re talking about a bipartisan achievement comparable to the landmark school finance reform of the last legislative session. It’s time for Texas to leap from laggard to leader. And we can.