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October 22, 2020      5:23 PM

North Texas business leaders begin push to expand health insurance coverage for uninsured Texans

Sen. Nathan Johnson points to business demand for expanding coverage: “It’s about the well-being of Texas citizens, about the productivity of Texas businesses, the growth of the Texas economy, and it’s about revenue and fiscal responsibility for the state of Texas.”

DALLAS – Standing alongside business leaders in the Metroplex, Sen. Nathan Johnson on Thursday rolled out a plan that he said has “no ideology” and is neither a Republican nor Democratic idea: Expanding health insurance coverage to as many Texans as possible, in part, by drawing down federal dollars under the Affordable Care Act.

“This is neither a Republican bill nor a Democratic bill; this is a Texas bill,” said Johnson, the Democrat who succeed former Sen. Don Huffines in the Texas Senate partly on the argument that Republicans needed to rescue their party from the far right. “It’s a Texas bill because it’s about the well-being of Texas citizens, about the productivity of Texas businesses, the growth of the Texas economy, and it’s about revenue and fiscal responsibility for the state of Texas.”

By Scott Braddock

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