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
worst out of the over 3,100 counties nationwide.
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
worst out of over 3,100 counties overall.
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
worst out of over 3,100 countiesoverall.
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
worst among all counties overall.
416,453 Hispanics are uninsured
: In Dallas County, 47.2 percent of Hispanics are uninsured
placing it in the12
percentile among all counties in the nation.