Most Relentless Health Care Advocate

Elliott Naishtat

It's no surprise that the Texas Lege isn't the most welcoming venue for progress in social services, when the reflexive responses are: (1) We don't have enough money, and (2) We need to spend it on highways and prisons. Very surprising is that even in that climate, year in and year out, Austin's State Rep. Elliott Naishtat manages to cobble together effective alliances for real improvement in mental health care, nursing home care, indigent care, children's health insurance. These small steps forward mean a few more people won't drop through the safety net. After redistricting, that road may get even rougher and more solitary -- and we know that the soft-spoken rep from Austin will continue to find ways to get his indispensable work done.

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