Tribpedia: Federal Health Reform And Texas

When the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senate version of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law on March 21, 2010, the reaction from Texas leaders of all political persuasions was swift, varied and impassioned — no surprise, given the sweeping scope of the new law.

One thing all sides could agree on: The implications ...

Ted Cruz on health care overhaul: "Of course I'll compromise"

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz talks with Sen. John Cornyn and Brooke Rollins, president and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, during a TPPF Orientation conference on January 13, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel in Austin.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz talks with Sen. John Cornyn and Brooke Rollins, president and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, during a TPPF Orientation conference on January 13, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel in Austin.

After years positioning himself as a principled bulwark against spineless moderates, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is now at the center of efforts to pass an Obamacare overhaul bill out of the U.S. Senate. "I'm not interested in a compromise that makes the problem worse," he said.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., to consider five nominees to fill vacancies on federal courts in Texas. The hearing was Sept. 7, 2016.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., to consider five nominees to fill vacancies on federal courts in Texas. The hearing was Sept. 7, 2016.

Cruz’s fragile alliance with GOP leaders now pivotal in health care push

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is increasingly at the center of efforts in the U.S. Senate to overhaul the Affordable Care Act. Some conservative activists are hoping Cruz can help move the bill to the right.

President Donald Trump gathers with Congressional Republicans in the Rose Garden of the White House after the U.S. House of Representatives approved the American Healthcare Act, which would repeal major parts of Obamacare, in Washington, D.C., on May 4, 2017.
<p>President Donald Trump gathers with Congressional Republicans in the Rose Garden of the White House after the U.S. House of Representatives approved the American Healthcare Act, which would repeal major parts of Obamacare, in Washington, D.C., on May 4, 2017.</p>

GOP health care overhaul passes U.S. House

On its second try, the U.S. House passed a Republican-backed health care reform bill by a narrow margin.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks at the Clinical Education Center at Brackenridge on April 20, 2017.
<p><span><span>House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks at the Clinical Education Center at Brackenridge on April 20, 2017.</span></span></p>

Nancy Pelosi mocks Trump, is bullish on 2018 midterms

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi repeatedly mocked President Donald Trump and House Republicans in a spirited interview with Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith on Thursday. She said she missed the days of President George W. Bush.

Claudia Macias, whose mother is an immigrant, challenges U.S. Rep. &nbsp;John Culberson, R-Houston, about President Trump's immigration ban during a town hall in Houston on Saturday March 25, 2017.&nbsp;
<p><span>Claudia Macias, whose mother is an immigrant, challenges U.S. Rep. &nbsp;John Culberson, R-Houston, about President Trump's immigration ban during a town hall in Houston on Saturday March 25, 2017.&nbsp;</span></p>

At feisty town hall, Culberson stays course on Obamacare repeal

Before a rowdy town hall audience a day after House Republicans' efforts to repeal Obamacare collapsed, U.S. Rep. John Culberson, R-Houston, did not back away from the GOP's years-long push to scrap the law. 

Attendees hold up signs in the bleachers at a town hall meeting in Flower Mound held by U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville on March 4, 2017.
Attendees hold up signs in the bleachers at a town hall meeting in Flower Mound held by U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville on March 4, 2017.

Health care sets tone for Texas congressman's contentious town hall

In a rare congressional town hall in North Texas, U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, withstood two hours of booing from hundreds of angry constituents at a local high school. Few of his colleagues have hosted such forums lately. 

Jill Ramirez, the director of outreach for the Latino Healthcare Forum, passes out flyers and explains components of the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 5, 2013. With Donald Trump's election to the White House, the health law faces an uncertain future.
Jill Ramirez, the director of outreach for the Latino Healthcare Forum, passes out flyers and explains components of the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 5, 2013. With Donald Trump's election to the White House, the health law faces an uncertain future.

Trump, women's health, child welfare top Texas news in 2016

Here’s a look at the top health and human services storylines The Texas Tribune tracked this year.