by Aquila Freeney | The Shorthorn staff | Tuesday, December 3, 2013
The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has been a trending topic in the United States.
State Rep. Chris Turner, of House District 101 explained to individuals the importance of the health care act and the process of applying for it.
At 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Senior Recreation Center, Turner hosted Health Insurance Town Hall, a meeting to inform the community about the Affordable Care Act.
He began the meeting by informing the attendees what tonight’s meeting was going to be about.
“Tonight is about helping people have information and helping people make good decisions for you and your family.”
ARLINGTON, TX – State Representative Chris Turner released the following statement in response to today’s announcement that the Texas Department of Insurance has extended Texas Health Insurance Pool coverage through the end of March, 2014:
“Extending Texas Health Insurance Risk Pool coverage for three months is the right thing to do, under the circumstances. If Governor Perry and the Republican leadership had created a state-based insurance exchange for Texans, this step probably would not have been necessary, but given their failure to do so, this is the right decision.”
In 2011, Texans (and the rest of the country) learned that our state’s taxpayers pay Governor Perry not once, but twice, for doing the same job. Perry receives a $92,000 state pension on top of his $150,000 annual salary.
When I found out that “double dipping” by elected officials is legal thanks to an obscure loophole, I said the first bill I filed would be to ban this practice. I’ve yet to find anyone in Arlington or Grand Prairie who can simultaneously draw a salary and a pension for one job.
Politicians say lots of things on the campaign trail, especially when they’re running for higher office. It’s what they do while they are in office that really counts though – and when Greg Abbott had a chance to do something to ban double-dipping, the truth is, he did nothing.
On this day, we remember and pay tribute to all those who have served in our nation’s Armed Forces. Whether in war or in peacetime, at home or abroad, those who have worn our country’s uniform have taken risks and made sacrifices that are difficult for most of us to fully comprehend.
So today, on Veterans Day, we thank all who have served, for it is their service that allows us to live in the greatest nation in the world and enjoy the freedoms and liberties that we often take for granted.
We can’t ever repay the debt we owe, nor can we ever thank our veterans enough. Please join me to say thank you for their service, today and every day.