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Austin American-Statesman A health care plan for every Texan Re: Jan. 31 commentary, " Why we should think about the most vulnerable Texans ." I celebrate the plea by Luis Figueroa of Every Texan to fight for Medicaid expansion, driven by compassion and hard-eyed fiscal common sense. At the same time, Every Texan could more effectively live up to its name by also demanding health care for, uh, every Texan. How? By urging Congress members across Texas to sign on to single-payer universal health care, Medicare for All . The Congressional Budget Office recently determined that Medicare for All could save our nation as much as $650 billion a year . Nine percent of the U.S. population lives in Texas . Roughly, then, based on the CBO’s findings Texans could see $58 billion of net cost savings, right back in our pocket. Along with Medicaid expansion, perhaps Figueroa and Every Texan could advocate for this huge annual windfall and, with it, the health of literally every Texan — everyone in, no one left out. Ira B. Dember, Houston In favor of free speech, but where does this end? How is it that we currently live in a United States that does not speak out against, sanction and prosecute members of Congress and other elected officials who advocate violence against fellow elected officials? Some of these same officials advocating violence also broadcast unbelievable theories and lies about our officials and our government. And some even want to bring firearms into […]

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