Representative Coleman: Governor Perry and Senator Hutchison Playing Politics with the Health of Texans
Style News Wire | 8/17/2009, 10:17 p.m.
It is disappointing that two of our state's leaders are too busy playing politics to focus on the real needs of Texans. The Governor and the Senator are quick to come out against President Obama's health care plan yet they offer no viable alternatives to reforming our broken system.
Senator Hutchison has offered no real solutions to the health care reform debate and is instead contributing to this "just say no" mob mentality. It's insulting to Texans that stumping with her on the campaign trail is Dick Armey, who is chair of an organization distributing harassment strategy manuals that encourage no real debate on health care.
Governor Perry is in no place to throw stones either. After 10 years in office, he has an embarrassing track record on health care. Because of the failed leadership on the state and federal level, Texas has the most to gain from President Obama's health reform plan. Texas has the highest rate of uninsured residents in the nation with six million people lacking health coverage including 1.5 million children. Under his leadership, Texans have seen a rising obesity rate, rising health care premiums and rising out of pockets costs.
The Governor and the Senator can bicker and play politics all they want, but Texas families need health care reform now.
Representative Coleman is available for comment.
State Representative Garnet F. Coleman (D-Houston) currently chairs the Committee on County Affairs, and serves on the Public Health and Calendars Committees. He also chairs the Legislative Study Group, a house caucus comprised of over 50 members that are committed to developing sound public policy for Texas families. Additionally, he serves on the Select Committee on Federal Economic Stabilization Funding.