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The Brief: Amid health care debate, Texas families worry over possible Medicaid cuts

While Republicans in Congress are in the middle of a health care overhaul debate, one slice of the pie — Medicaid reform — is on the mind of many Texans.

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What you need to know

While Republicans in Congress are in the middle of a health care overhaul debate, one slice of the pie — Medicaid reform — is on the mind of many Texans. Here's what you need to know

How did we get here? When the U.S. House passed its version of the GOP health care bill last month, it included provisions that could cut future Medicaid spending by more than $800 billion over 10 years. Some opposed to the House proposal pointed to Texas — where almost half of children in the state receive health insurance through the program — and said the changes would leave less money in the pot. Others, mainly Texas Republicans, said the Medicaid reforms would curb runaway spending and modernize the program.  

What's support like for health care reform among Texas voters? A little more than half of Texas voters following the health care debate said they had an unfavorable view of the GOP health care bill, while 20 percent said they had a favorable view of it, according to a June University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll

• The ball is in the Senate's court. The Senate version of GOP health care overhaul is set to be unveiled Thursday, but it's unclear how Medicaid will be addressed in the legislation. A possible hint came Tuesday, when U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, referred to the House plan as paving a path to keeping Medicaid spending increasing "at a sustainable rate." Cornyn has also said the sooner the legislation is voted on the better, adding he wants it to happen before Congress breaks for its August recess. 

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The best and worst legislators 2017, Texas Monthly 

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Photo of the day

The city of San Antonio has officially trademarked "Military City, USA," which Ron Nirenberg, the city's mayor-elect, and others unveiled a new logo for on June 19. Photo by Robin Jerstad. See more photos on our Instagram account

Quote to note

"I regret my choice of words." 

— U.S. Rep. Pete Olson, R-Sugar Land, about remarks he made accusing former President Bill Clinton of admitting to the murder of a White House aide. 

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