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Saturday, February 8, 2014
"Texas Left Me Out" Highlights Health Care Coverage Gap

One million low-income Texans are left out of health coverage because elected leaders in Texas chose politics over what was right for people.

Under the nation's health law, every person is supposed to have a way to get health care coverage. But in Texas, when elected officials refused Medicaid expansion, it left more than one million Texans in a coverage gap. This means people who could have qualified for Medicaid won’t receive the benefits of the new health law – including veterans and their spouses, as well as workers in construction, child care, health care, and service industries. Therefore most of the people taking the newly created jobs in Texas won’t qualify.

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Monday, February 3, 2014
Greg Abbott Takes Additional $87,738 from Predatory Lenders

A new report from Texans for Public Justice found that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott took an additional $87,738 from predatory lenders in the last six months of 2012. That brings his four year total from 2009 to 2013 to $271,738.

From Texans for Public Justice:

Greg Abbott’s January 15 fundraising report reveals $87,738 in contributions from predatory loan industry sources between July 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2013. Abbott’s total take from the industry since 2009 is $271,738. Researchers did not find any predatory-loan contributions in the latest Davis report, keeping her total at $10,500 since 2009.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014
Pay More and Get Less: The GOP Healthcare Scheme

Republicans, after years of voting against healthcare reform, are finally displaying their vision for healthcare reform and it comes down to this: you pay more for less coverage.

It includes eliminating the most popular pieces of the Affordable Care Act, such as the mandate that insurers cover pre-existing conditions, and it will cost more. What a deal...for corporations! (But remember, corporations are people, too.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
An Open Letter from Wendy Davis's Daughters

We shared with you some of the worst things conservatives have said about Wendy Davis. We thought you might also enjoy reading some of the best things anyone has said about her, too.

Below are open letters from Wendy's daughters, Dru and Amber, about their mother and what she means to them.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Top Ten Worst Comments Made by Conservatives About Wendy Davis

When it comes to women in politics, conservatives just can't help themselves. And when it comes to Wendy Davis, well that really gets their predatory blood boiling. For whatever the reason, sexism and misogyny have become the norm for the most vocal mouthpieces of the right wing.

The following are 10 of the Worst Comments made by conservatives about Wendy Davis.

  1. Rush Limbaugh

    "It seems, to boil it all down, that Wendy Davis would’ve ended up being really poor and destitute were it not for a man."

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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Study Shows Required Ultrasound Does Not Alter Women's Decision

Surrounded by the confusion and misinformation circulated by the pro-life movement, it is important to pay attention to the actual data we have on abortions and the affects they have on the women receiving them. A recent study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology took a step toward dispelling the popular myth that, without a required visual aid, women cannot fully comprehend that they are pregnant. From RH Reality Check:

"The study looked at a whopping 15,575 women coming in for abortion. All received an ultrasound and were offered a chance to look at it. Forty-two percent did.

The results are pretty hard to refute: Looking at the ultrasound does not cause a crisis of conscience for women seeking abortion. Of the group that didn’t look, 99 percent went ahead and terminated. But of the group that did look, 98.4 percent terminated. The difference between the groups was less than a percentage point, totaling about 17 women out of over 15,000. More importantly, as Waldman notes, the women who changed their minds came strictly from the group of women who were unsure about their abortions going in. Women who were highly certain they wanted an abortion were not swayed at all by the ultrasound."

By forcing women to look at or hear a description of the fetus, there is an underlying tone of condescension. There is a tone that indicates that perhaps, if the woman only really understood what was happening, she would not make the decision to get an abortion.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Momentum: Today Show Profiles Wendy Davis Life Story

Senator Wendy Davis' momentum continued this morning with an incredible feature on the Today show. Senator Davis shared her life story, revisited the trailer park where she lived early in her life and talked about the opportunities she wants to guarantee for future generations of Texas women.

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Monday, January 13, 2014
BREAKING - Nearly Half a Million Texans Apply For Coverage Through ACA

New numbers on ACA enrollment are out, and nearly half a million Texans have applied for coverage through the federal exchange. The latest numbers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show us that: Continue reading this post »

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