Making Health Care Work

LOWERING HEALTH CARE COSTS—A pro-consumer health insurance exchange would allow hundreds of thousands of families and businesses to join together and negotiate for cheaper health care plans.

Delivering on the Promise of Quality, Affordable Health Care

Now the fight for health care reform is in Austin, and so are the health care industry’s lobbyists.

At stake is how we set up a new insurance marketplace in Texas — the single biggest tool we have to clean up health care. The new state insurance exchange will allow small businesses, those of us who buy health care on our own, and the uninsured to shop for cheaper health care plans and find some relief from increasingly brutal premiums. 

Done right, the exchange will save billions and level the balance of power between consumers and the health care industry — driving the industry to cut waste and prioritize high-quality care.

The health care industry has spent millions to influence decisions on health care, so they know how high the stakes are.

In order to help us fight back against the kind of price jumps and trap-door coverage we’ve all been suffering from, TexPIRG is pushing to see that the exchange:

  1. Negotiates for better plans. By demanding better care for less cost, the exchange can use the collective power of hundreds of thousands of Texans to finally demand that the industry do better.
  2. Have high standards, so that bad plans aren’t an option.
  3. Be open to as many Texans as possible. Limits that shut some individuals and businesses out of the exchange would reduce its ability to lower costs — and will be a key tactic that industry lobbyists use to weaken it.
  4. Be accountable to the public.

Issue updates

News Release | TexPIRG | Health Care

TexPIRG Praises Members of the Texas Delegation for Health Care Vote

Today, following the historic House passage of health reform legislation, Texas Public Interest Research Group (TexPIRG) praised members of the Texas Delegation for their votes for the bill.

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Media Hit | Health Care

The Daily Texan: Study finds that small businesses are disadvantaged by higher health care costs




The employees of Austin’s small businesses are at risk under the current health care system, according to a recent study. The study, conducted by the Texas Public Interest Research Group, examines how the current health care system negatively affects smaller businesses across the nation. Many of the effects of the system that pertain to Austin include increases in the cost of health care premiums for employees as well as businesses’ inability to provide insurance coverage for employees because of high costs.


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News Release | TexPIRG | Health Care

Good Government Group Debunks Insurance Industry's Attacks on Reform

The newly released report on health care costs by accounting giant Price Waterhouse Coopers and paid for by the insurance lobby, America’s Health Insurance Plans, is just one more industry scare tactic, according to the Texas Public Interest Research Group (TexPIRG), a good government and consumer group.

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News Release | TexPIRG | Health Care

NEW DATA: Health Care Premiums Slam Consumers

Even as Americans struggle with a recession and the highest unemployment rate since 1983, health insurance companies have jacked up their premiums again.

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News Release | TexPIRG | Health Care

Survey Finds Uninsured San Antonians Pay Too High a Price for Prescription Drugs

Uninsured San Antonians are charged 70 percent more for prescription drugs than the best available market prices, according to a survey released today by TexPIRG. The group criticized the failure of Congress to enact adequate reforms, and called on the Texas Legislature to take action to make affordable prescription drugs available to uninsured residents.

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News Release | TexPIRG | Health Care

Uninsured Consumers Pay Too High A Price For Prescription Drugs In Texas

Uninsured consumers in Texas are charged much higher prices for prescription drugs than the best available market prices, according to a survey released today by TexPIRG. The group criticized proposed Congressional reforms, urging the Texas legislature to instead form prescription drug buying pools.

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