EARTHtimes.org (Internet) 05/06/06 http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/6484.html Governor J. Richard Perry and fellow Republicans are concerned that Texas has a very high percentage of people without health insurance – 25%. A task force which examined the problem recently said the average Texan spends an estimated $1,500 a year towards the health care of the uninsured. The average tax paying Texan is certainly not going to like that; neither will the companies that bear a portion of the premiums as employee benefits. Texas can address the problem by implementing the recommendations made by the task force. As an option, Texas could also consider the 3-share plan recommended by the University of Texas Medical Branch. In this plan, the cost of health insurance would be shared by the worker, the employer and the government.