Politics or People? How El Paso County, Texas Stands To Benefit from Obamacare
While conservatives put politics over people, Reps.
(D-TX) and Pete Gallego (D-TX)are putting their constituents first.
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 how the law will work and how to take advantage of its benefits. Sadly, manyof these opponents of Obamacare represent counties with some of the highest rates of uninsured people in thenation.Out of the more than 3,100 counties in the nation, the residents of El Paso County, Texas are among those whostand to benefit the most from Obamacare. Democratic Reps.
Beto O’Rourke and Pete Gallego, who represent
ElPaso County, are doing their job and helping their constituents take advantage of the law and its benefits - like freepreventative care, lower premiums and ensuring coverage for pre-existing conditions. Rep
s. O’Rourke and Gallego
recognize that Obamacare is the law of the land and it is time to make sure it works for people and businesses intheir districts.
It’s time for conservatives to stop refighting old political games and start following Reps. O’Rourke and Gallego’s
lead to make sure their constituents have the information they need to take advantage of the benefits and enroll inhealth care.
El Paso County Facts:
230,924 are uninsured.
Of the 703,756 people in El Paso County under age 65, 32.8 percent are uninsured.
Among over 3,100 counties in the country, that’s the 48
highest rate of uninsured residents
among the lowest 2percent.
121,383 women are uninsured.
In El Paso County, 33.5 percent of women under age 65 are uninsured
placingit in the lowest one percent of all counties in the nation and the 23rd worst county out of over 3,100 countiesoverall.
111,950 young people are uninsured.
In El Paso County, 46.5 percent of young people age 18 to 39 lack healthinsurance, placing it in the worst 2 percent among all counties in the nation and making it the 72nd worst countyout of over 3,100 counties overall.
94,910 uninsured are eligible for subsidies or tax credits.
In El Paso County, 32.5 percent of those makingbetween 138 and 400 percent of the federal poverty line
a key group that will qualify for insurance subsidiesunder the Affordable Care Act
are uninsured. Among this group, it is in the worst 2 percent among all counties inthe nation and the 59th worst county overall.
214,567 Hispanics are insured.
In El Paso County, 33.6 percent of Hispanics are uninsured
placing it in the40th percentile among all counties in the nation.