Although health coverage was a top voter priority, in the end Texans mostly opted for the status quo. In other words: Don’t go looking for governmental change in health care anytime soon in the Lone Star State.
Republican incumbents Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick handily dispatched their Democratic opponents in the midterms Tuesday, all but guaranteeing that under their watch Texas will not expand Medicaid, the government health care program for the poor.
Both men have vehemently opposed any such move as unneeded and unwanted, leaving Texas likely to remain one of 14 states that have not expanded the program. Texas continues to lead the nation in the number of uninsured.