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Under the nation's health law, every person was supposed to have a way to get health care coverage. People with low incomes would get Medicaid as long as their state leaders agreed. But in Texas, elected officials said no. Now many Texans are left in a coverage gap, and there is no way for them to get health insurance.
About 1 million hard-working Texans fall into the health coverage gap. The gap includes veterans and their spouses. It also includes people who work in retail, construction, child care, hospitality, health care, or food service.
Texas' governor and other state leaders made a choice not to take federal money that would have let these 1 million people get coverage. Simply put, Texans are losing out because some elected leaders in Texas chose politics over what was right for people.