In the words of the late, great Daniel Johnston, “Everything’s big in Texas, you know that it is.”
Unfortunately, those big things include a massive hole where our health-insurance coverage should be.
Texas consistently has the highest level of uninsured residents of any state in this country. Prior to the current economic meltdown caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, that meant about 5 million Texans without insurance — a 17 percent rate that is double the national average.
With a recession knocking on the door of depression, those numbers are getting worse by the day.
With that in mind, the 12 members of the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus (including San Antonio lawmaker José Menéndez) co-signed a letter this week to Gov. Greg Abbott, urging him to expand Medicaid under the provisions of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.