Who We Are

Our Revolution Texas is a statewide progressive populist organization formed in the wake of the Bernie Sanders campaign and dedicated to making the political revolution a long-haul reality in our state. ORTX works to provide activists with the tools and educational opportunities they need to organize the progressive message in their local communities.

Formed in January 2017, Our Revolution Texas is the first of several statewide affiliates of Our Revolution. Our organization has been built around our bottom-up democratic values, our main bodies are the 11 democratically-elected regional committees covering all areas of our state–not just the major cities. 

Our Revolution Texas full-heartedly embraces the three intertwined goals of our national organization to:

Revitalize Democracy
Empower Progressive Leaders
Elevate Political Consciousness

Our Revolution works to reclaim democracy for the working people of our country. Through supporting a new generation of progressive leaders, empowering millions to fight for progressive change and elevating the political consciousness, Our Revolution will help transform American politics to make our political and economic systems responsive to the needs of working families.


What We Fight For:

 

#MedicareForAll

#LivingWage  &  #FightFor15

#BigMoneyOutOfPolitics

#SystemChangeNotClimateChange

#WorkersRights & #HumanRights

Ending Hateful State Legislation such as #SB4 and #SB6

Expanding #Medicaid, #SocialSecurity, and other progressive programs

Healthy Texas Facts

Healthcare Crisis in Texas

✚ Texas has the highest number of uninsured in the country—and has the most to gain from universal single-payer healthcare
✚ 4.5 million or almost 17% of the total population lack insurance of any kind
 630,000 children lack health care coverage. That’s double the national average
The number of uninsured numbers dropped five percent with the half-measures of ACA. It is highly likely to rise again to the 20-22%
mark again with gutting pre-existing conditions
✚ Only half of Texas employers offer healthcare (below the national average)
✚ Most of the uninsured fall into the following in Texas
✚ Families below 200 percent of the poverty line, Latinx/Hispanics, young adults 19-34, people with part-time jobs, and individuals within current fair or poor health. Universal single-payer coverage directly challenges this disparity.

Healthy Texas Bill Inclusions

✚ Every resident of Texas regardless of race, gender, age, health condition, etc will receive comprehensive healthcare service under Healthy Texas. It’s Medicare for All.
✚ Progressive, stable financing will replace all insurance company premiums, deductibles, and co-pays.
✚ Residents can choose any provider.
✚ Long-term care benefits provided under Medicaid will continue, and be expanded with an emphasis on community and home-based caregiving.
✚ Eliminates co-pays for Medicare Part B.
✚ Lower prescription drug costs.
✚ Regional planning to reduce overlap and duplication of expensive equipment and facilities.
✚ Provider rates, which replace and improve Medicaid rates, will be negotiated to ensure access, cost control, and high-value services.
✚ The modest advances from the Affordable Care Act will be folded into the new system.
✚ Huge cost-savings from reduced bureaucracy. No more insurance company runaround. No more bill collectors.

Healthy Texas Bill Objectives

Healthy Texas is an important “issue-based campaign” in talking up single-payer Medicare for All at the local and state level with our neighbors, oppressed communities, and organizations. The Medicare For All effort is about planting the seeds both here in Texas and in support of attempts to pass Medicare for All at the federal level.

 The bill is modeled on the Healthy California bill. Our bill is still getting re-written to fit Texas conditions and legislation (should be out this summer).
✚ The Healthy Texas bill is currently being sponsored by Texas State Senator Jose Rodriguez and is gaining co-signers in both houses of the Texas legislature
✚ We are building a broad coalition on both the state and local levels to include National Nurses United and Our Revolution Texas
✚ Healthcare justice activists recently pushed into the 2018 Texas Democratic Party platform an explicit endorsement of the Healthy Texas Act of 2019 and single-payer healthcare for all.

Resources

Healthy Texas Act Summary

2019 Healthy Texas Act Summary


When enacted, the Healthy Texas Act will guarantee that every resident of Texas will receive comprehensive healthcare services. It’s like Medicare for All. Individuals will have free choice of licensed health professionals and services. Covered benefits will include services to keep people healthy—mentally and physically— as well as those services that diagnose and treat diseases. In addition to emergency services, surgeries, and hospital stays, services such as home healthcare, day care and hospice are covered. Vision and dental care are also included. The Healthy Texas Act has been crafted to provide a single high standard of safe, therapeutic care for all Texas residents in a manner that is financially sustainable:


  Choose any provider. No more surprise bills. No out-of-pocket costs for covered services

  Eliminates co-pays for Medicare Part B

  Lower prescription drug costs

  Regional planning to reduce overlap and duplication of expensive equipment and facilities

  Provider rates which will be negotiated to ensure access, cost control and high-value services

  The advances from the Affordable Care Act will be folded into the new system

  Huge cost-savings from reduced bureaucracy. No more insurance company runaround. No more bill collectors

  Diverse participants including ordinary citizens and representatives of labor and business, as well as various health care professionals and health policy experts, will advise and help design the Healthy Texas program

  A Healthy Texas premium, which is higher for upper-income earners, would replace insurance company premiums, co-pays and deductibles—likely resulting in significant out-of-pocket net savings

ORTX 2018 Elected Candidates



  • Veronica Escobar, U.S. House of Representatives, District 16

  • Erin Zwiener, Texas House of Representatives, District 45

  • Ana Maria Romos, Texas House of Representatives, District 102

  • Theresa “Terry” Meza, Texas House of Representatives, District 105

  • Jon Eric Rosenthal, Texas House of Representatives, District 135

  • Ana Hernandez, Texas House of Representatives, District 143

  • Lina Hidalgo, Harris County Judge

  • Dylan Osborne, Harris County Treasurer

  • Marilyn Burgess, Harris County District Clerk

  • Kenneth Sanders, Tarrant County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 7

  • Sylvia Holmes, Travis County Justice of the Peace, Pct, 3

  • KT Musselman, Williamson County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1

  • Julie Nitsch, Austin Community College Board of Trustees

  • Maya Guerra Gamble, 459th District Judge, Travis County

  • Chantal Eldridge, 331st District Court, Travis County

  • Juli Mathew, Fort Bend County Court at Law 3

  • Frances Bourliot, 14th Court of Appeals, Place 5

  • Franklin Bynum, Harris County Criminal Court No. 8

  • Scot Dollinger, 189th Civil District Court, Harris County

  • Toria Finch, Harris County Criminal Court No. 9

  • David Fleisher, Harris County Criminal Court No. 5

  • Meagan Hassan, 14th Court of Appeals, Place 6

  • DaSean Jones, 180th Criminal District Court, Harris County

  • Tonya Jones, Harris County Criminal Court No. 15

  • Jim Kovach, Harris County Civil Court No. 2

  • Tristan Harris Longino, 245th Family District Court, Harris County

  • Jason Luong, 185 Criminal District Court, Harris County

  • Bill McLeod, Harris County Civil Court No. 4

  • Latosha Lewis Payne, 55th Civil District Court, Harris County

  • Lauren Reeder, 234th Civil District Court, Harris County

  • Raul Rodriguez, Harris County Criminal Court No. 13

  • Cory Sepolio, 269th Civil District Court, Harris County

  • Hilary Unger, 248th Criminal District Court, Harris County

  • Brian Warren, 209th Criminal District Court, Harris County

Contact

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