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Texas is home to 22 of the 30 counties in the entire United States that would benefit the most from full implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Texas is home to 22 of the 30 counties in the entire United States that would benefit the most from full implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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Politics or People? How Dallas County, Texas Stands To Benefit fromObamacare
Why are Reps. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Kenny Marchant (R-TX), Michael C. Burgess (R-TX), and PeteSessions (R-TX), putting politics over people?
Starting October 1, millions of Americans will finally be able to sign up to purchase quality, affordable health carefor the first time when the new Obamacare marketplaces open for enrollment. Many of these same Americans andothers will be eligible for subsidies that will make coverage even more affordable. And come January 1, 2014, theworst abuses of the insurance industry, including denying coverage to those with preexisting conditions, will behistory.But many conservatives in Congress and their allies are refighting old political battles and refusing to help peopleand businesses from even finding out about how the law will work and how to take advantage of its benefits. Sadly,many of these opponents of Obamacare represent counties with some of the highest rates of uninsured people inthe nation.Out of the more than 3,100 counties in the nation, the residents of Dallas County, Texas are among those who standto benefit the most from Obamacare. Nevertheless, Reps. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Kenny Marchant (R-TX), Michael C.Burgess (R-TX), and Pete Sessions (R-TX) have been determined to repeal Obamacare and to let insurancecompanies once again deny care to people with pre-existing conditions, set lifetime limits on coverage and chargewomen more than men.
Obamacare is the law of the land. It’s
time for Reps. Hensarling, Marchant, Burgess and Sessions to stop playingpolitical games and to start making sure their constituents have the information they need to take advantage of thebenefits and get health care coverage.
Dallas County Facts:
663,878 are uninsured:
Of the 2,139,366 people under age 65 in Dallas County, 31 percent are uninsured. Thecounty is ranked the 72
nd
worst out of the over 3,100 counties nationwide.
i
 
311,893 women are uninsured
: In Dallas County, 29.1 percent of women under age 65 are uninsured
placingit in the worst third percent among all counties in the nation and the 80
th
worst out of over 3,100 counties overall.
ii
 
354,433 young people are uninsured
: In Dallas County, 44.9 percent of young people ages 18 to 39 lack healthinsurance, placing it in the worst four percent among all counties and the 113
th
worst out of over 3,100 countiesoverall.
iii
 
311,288 uninsured are eligible for subsidies or tax credits:
In Dallas County, 34.6 percent of thosemaking between 138 and 400 percent of the federal poverty line
a key group that will qualify for insurancesubsidies under the Affordable Care Act 
are uninsured. Among this group, Dallas County is in the worst onepercent among all counties and ranks 26
th
worst among all counties overall.
iv
 
416,453 Hispanics are uninsured
: In Dallas County, 47.2 percent of Hispanics are uninsured
placing it in the12
th
percentile among all counties in the nation.
v
 
 
 
119,660 African Americans are uninsured
: In Dallas County, 23.8 percent of African Americans are uninsured
 placing it in the 16
th
percentile among all counties in the nation.
vi
 
High rate of diabetes
: Dallas County has a rate of diabetes prevalence that is more than 13 percent higher thanthe national average, at 9.4 percent of the population.
vii
 
High rate of heart disease
: Dallas
County’s heart disease mortality r
ate of those under age 75 is 71.0 per 100,000people
8 percent above the national average.
viii
 
High rate of stroke
: Dallas
County’s stroke mortality
rate of those under age 75 is 14.9 per 100,000 people
26percent over the national average.
ix
 
Reps. Jeb Hensarling, Kenny Marchant, Michael C. Burgess, and Pete Sessions
Reps. Hensarling, Marchant, Burgess, and Sessions have been wasting time playing political games to try and repealhealth care 144 times without even a plan to replace it.
x
 And even though their constituents would benefit from the law, Reps. Hensarling, Marchant, Burgess, and Sessionskeep trying to sabotage the law from working:
Rep. Hensarling:
“Mr. Speaker, you cannot improve the health care of a nation by impoverishing its
children.
…The American people don’t want it. It's personal.” 
 xi
 Rep. Marchant:
“This approach is wrong, as
all Americans should be exempt from this disastrous health carelaw.
” 
 xii
 Rep. Burgess:
“Make no mistake about it: it’s bad from start to finish.” 
 xiii
 Rep. Sessions:
“I’m pleased that House Republicans acted today to dismantle ObamaCare piece
-by-piece whilewe continue to fight for a full repeal.
” 
 xiv 
 
Democratic Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson and Marc Veasey, who also represent Dallas County, recognize that 
Obamacare is the law of the land and that it’s their job to make sure it works for their constituents and that t 
heyunderstand how to take advantage of its benefits:
Marc Veasey: “ 
I believe all Americans deserve access to quality and affordable health care. I am committed toensuring the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is fully carried out and that constituents in the 33rd District receiveneeded care and services to lead productive and healthy lives.
” 
 
 xv 
 Eddie Bernice Johnson:
“Over the past three years, my constituents have already been seeing
lower costs and better coverage.
” 
 xvi
 
i
Ibid.
ii
Ibid.
iii
Ibid.
iv
Ibid.
v
Census Bureau, "American Community Survey," 3-year estimates 2008-2010. Accessed using American Fact Finder:http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml (last accessed July 2013).
vi
Ibid.

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