Issues

Healthcare

Healthcare is not a privilege, but a right. A right to live with dignity and respect.

You have the right to feel secure knowing you don’t have to choose between paying the mortgage or paying medical bills.

You have the right to feel secure knowing that being too sick to go to work isn’t shadowed by being too poor to afford the doctor.

You have the right to feel secure knowing your child can be a child who plays, explores, and grows. And no matter the circumstances, your child’s healthcare and well-being will always be protected.

You have the right to know that your elderly parents can continue to age with dignity and respect and that they will always have access to quality healthcare.

You have the right to know that your Texas Representative will fight for you so that you and your family aren’t forced to choose between enjoying a strong, prosperous, healthy tomorrow, or enduring a volatile, unpredictable, precarious today.

I will fight for your rights and to ensure you and your family’s health is a TOP TEXAS PRIORITY!

TEXAS TODAY – HEALTHCARE SNAPSHOT:

#1 – Texas is the uninsured capital of the United States!

  • 4.5 million Texans are uninsured. That is equivalent to the whole state of Louisiana!
  • 623,000 children are uninsured. That is equivalent to the whole state of Vermont!

#1 – Texas ranks top in the country (and industrialized world) for the most mothers dying from childbirth.

  • Thousands of babies have lost their mothers at birth due to Texas’ inferior healthcare access.

#47 – Texas is one of the biggest offenders in the county in denying it’s citizens affordable, accessible healthcare.

  • 25% – Texas elderly are being abused and mistreated in 25% of Texas’ long term care centers.
    • Of 1,200 long term centers, 306 were cited for serious deficiencies including physical and mental abuse. (AARP)
    • 2015- 17,466 nursing home violations reported
      Less than a quarter percent, ONLY 40 (.23%) were sanctioned!
    • 2014 – 18,900 nursing home violations reported
      Less than a quarter percent, ONLY 39 (.21%) were sanctioned!
  • Texas’ 28 largest cities, including Dallas, had a greater percentage of their population uninsured than collective United States. (texmed.org)