Texas Health Insurance Exchange

Rep. John Zerwas, the Republican legislator who has filed legislation to implement a key element of federal health care reform, said his bill may be permanently stuck. Zerwas proposed establishing a Texas health insurance exchange not because he approves of federal health reform but because he fears the federal government will do it for Texas. But Zerwas said he’s been told Gov. Rick Perry’s does not support the measure, though Perry’s office didn’t say whether the governor would veto the bill. The legislation was heard in a House committee but has been left pending. Zerwas said it would be voted out only if there’s movement in Congress or in the courts that makes it necessary.

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