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.
On Thursday, more than 150 friends and supporters joined my family and me in Arlington to kickoff my 2014 re-election campaign. I was honored that Senator Leticia Van de Putte traveled from San Antonio to help kick off our campaign, and it was great to see such a cross-section of our district in attendance – teachers, veterans, small business owners, community leaders and others. Visit my Facebook page to check out some pictures from the event.
I cannot express how humbled I am to have such an incredible base of support – gained through hard work, dedication and a deep respect for the community and the people I was elected to represent.
FORT WORTH, TX – Today, State Representative Chris Turner filed paperwork for re-election to the Texas House of Representatives at the Tarrant County Democratic Party headquarters.
Turner, who is currently serving his second term in the Legislature, represents Tarrant County’s District 101, a rapidly growing and diverse area, which includes major portions of Arlington and Grand Prairie.
“During my first two terms serving in the Texas Legislature, I’ve focused on the issues that matter to folks in our district,” said Turner. “As a result, we’ve gotten some good things done, ensuring that tenants do not fall victim to unscrupulous landlords, that the lives of service members who made the ultimate sacrifice are not forgotten and that additional protections are in place to so that children do not fall victim to sexual predators, just to name a few.
“My priorities will continue to reflect the needs of the people I represent – creating jobs in our community and state, strengthening public schools and increasing access to affordable health care for all Texans. And I will continue to stand up against misguided, partisan efforts to roll back voting rights and women’s rights,” continued Turner.
Surviving spouses will receive property tax exemption as a result of passage
ARLINGTON, TX — Yesterday, voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 1, which will provide a property tax exemption to the spouses of service members who have given their lives in service to our country. State Representative Chris Turner and Senator Leticia Van de Putte authored and passed the measure, HJR 62, which placed the proposition on the ballot.
“Over the last several years, Texas has been a national leader in honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans and their families, not just with our words, but also with our deeds,” said Turner. “With the passage of Proposition 1, we are now able to provide this benefit to the very special group of Texans whose spouses have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation.”
Arlington, TX – Today, state Representative Chris Turner released the following statement in response to the announcement that Attorney General Greg Abbott has dropped his opposition to the merger between North Texas-based American Airlines and US Airways:
“Five weeks ago, I sent Attorney General Abbott a letter asking a series of questions about his lawsuit against American Airlines, a lawsuit that put at risk thousands of North Texas jobs. I never received a response from Mr. Abbott, and now I know why − because he didn’t have any good answers. We may never know why Mr. Abbott decided to sue a major North Texas employer, but we can be glad he has backtracked and abandoned this job-killing lawsuit.”
Click here for a copy of Chris’s letter to Attorney General Greg Abbott from August 26, 2013.
Today is an historic day, with millions now able to sign up for health insurance for the first time, thanks to the Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act.
It’s a good day for the country, and it’s an especially good day for many Texans.
Based on current Census numbers, 6.4 million Texans are without health insurance, including more than 850,000 children. That’s one in four of our neighbors who don’t have coverage.
Beginning today, that will change. Today through March 31, 2014, Texans can shop for health insurance coverage in the Marketplace. For those who enroll by Dec. 15, insurance coverage will begin Jan. 1, 2014. For many, the federal government will offset the cost through premium tax credits.
In fact, families of four who make between $70,650 and $94,200 and don’t receive coverage through their employer will have the out-of-pocket cost of their Marketplace premiums capped at 9.5 percent of their income. The premiums for families making between $47,100 and $70,650 will be capped between 6.3 – 9.5 percent of income, while premiums for those making between $31,322 and $47,100 will be capped at 2 – 6.3 percent of income.
In case you missed it, I wanted to make sure you saw that Wendy Davis is making a big announcement next Thursday. I will be there, and hope you will be too.
I’ve known Wendy for several years and have been fortunate to work with her closely in the Texas Legislature. I’ve been proud to team up with Wendy on numerous occasions to pass laws that help Texas families – whether it’s protecting consumers, honoring our veterans, cracking down on child predators or working to strengthen our public schools, Wendy never stops working and never stops fighting. That’s what we need more of in Texas right now.
So here’s what I hope you will do: check out Wendy’s email (after the jump), click on the link to RSVP, and be there on Thursday. I look forward to seeing you there.
November 5 vote on constitutional amendments marks the first major election since the Texas Voter Photo ID law went into effect. I oppose this law as written because I think it’s unnecessary and imposes a difficult burden on some Texans. In fact, a federal court previously blocked implementation of the law, ruling that it would unfairly discriminate against poor Texans and minorities. The federal government is also currently suing the state of Texas to block the photo ID requirement.
However, until the legal case has concluded, voter photo ID is the law and I want to make sure that all voters have the required identification so that they will not be turned away from the polls.
During the 83rd Legislative Session, Chris worked hard on the issues that matter to the people of House District 101, including improving access to health care, reforming our public school testing system, ensuring consumers are protected, helping veterans find employment, and aiding the families of service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom.