A month of historic rulings at the U.S. Supreme Court showed, yet again, why courts matter.
Federal courts can protect and preserve our country's progress - as we saw on major rulings from the last month on the freedom to marry, health care, abortion, redistricting, housing discrimination, and the freedom of speech.
Each of those issues made their way through federal courts at lower levels - district and circuit courts - before making their way to the U.S. Supreme Court. While these cases gained much-deserved attention, only 2% of all federal cases make their way to the Supreme Court. Continue reading this post »
With less than 50 days left to pass bills in the Texas Legislature, the real action is about to begin. With so much going on, the following is a quick update on some of the progressive issues we work on most, and how things are shaping up for them at the Capitol. Continue reading this post »
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for King v. Burwell last week - the case which could upend the Affordable Care Act and jeopardize health care coverage for millions of Texans. With so much at stake, the case is an important reminder of why we fight for better health coverage for Texas.
In case you missed it, here's a summary of how the arguments unfolded and what the future of affordable health care in Texas looks like. Continue reading this post »
A case before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the Affordable Care Act could put private health care coverage in jeopardy for 1.5 million Texans. There's been significant buzz around a hearing scheduled for March 4th in the case of King v. Burwell, and the impact it could have on those who enrolled in through Healthcare.gov.
More than 1.2 million Texans now have health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act, demonstrating a high demand in Texas for quality, affordable health coverage. This comes in sharp contrast to a bewildering claim made last week by former Governor Rick Perry who said that Texans want a large number of uninsured. Continue reading this post »
**UPDATE** Democratic Senator Rodney Ellis has filed opposition to close the loophole allowing Texas parents to opt-out of vaccinations if they have "personal objections." While Governor Greg Abbott said he supports the current opt-out law, the same law that has enabled a growth in the unvaccinated population from 2,000 to nearly 40,000 in 10 years.
A brave Republican is proposing to close the loophole in the Texas immunization law - but he is being met with resistance. In the name of liberty, of course. Continue reading this post »