Now that state Attorney General Greg Abbott has thrown his hat in the gubernatorial ring, the Texas Organizing Project, an advocacy group for low- and middle-income families, is worried that many families will still lack access to affordable health care.
Abbott has "led the charge against the Affordable Care Act...and healthcare expansion," according to a Texas Organizing Project press release. "He has repeatedly said that Texas should not participate in any component of the Affordable Care Act...comparing his legal efforts against Obamacare to the battle of the Alamo, and said that Texas can legally dismantle the ACA piece by piece."
According to the TOP, "Texas has the highest uninsured rate in the nation, with 1 in 4 Texans lacking any health insurance at all and, according to a new report, 54 percent lack any meaningful coverage."
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The group believes Abbott has a chance to "redeem" himself, though, which we're sure makes Abbott feel slightly better.
"Governor Perry has been the chief roadblock to millions of Texas getting access to quality, affordable health insurance, and now he is thankfully moving on," Dallas TOP member Luis Veloz said in the press release. "As working uninsured families, we will be watching closely to see whether Abbott changes his tune to support health care for all Texans."
Veloz added, "Greg Abbott has been a vocal opponent of helping Texas working families get the quality health care they need and deserve. He has an opportunity to redeem himself by fighting to reduce the number of uninsured Texans rather than focusing on politics and slogans."
Give up politics and slogans?! That's a pretty tall order, if you ask us -- but hey, miracles can still happen, right? We'll be awaiting TOP's assessment of Abbott in the days ahead.