Politics or People? How Hopkins County, Texas Stands To Benefit fromObamacare
Why is Rep. Ralph Hall (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 Hopkins County, Texas are among those whostand to benefit the most from Obamacare. Nevertheless, Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) has been determined to repealObamacare and to let insurance companies once again deny care to people with pre-existing conditions, set lifetimelimits on coverage and charge women more than men.
Obamacare is the law of the land. It’s
time for Rep. Hall to stop playing political games and to start making sure hisconstituents have the information they need to take advantage of the benefits and get health care coverage.
Hopkins County Facts:
9,045 are uninsured.
Of the 29,476 people under age 65 in Hopkins County, 30.7 percent are uninsured rankingthe county 80
worst out of over 3,100 counties in the nation.
4,245 women are uninsured.
In Hopkins County, 29.0 percent of women under age 65 are uninsured
putting it in the worst 3 percent among all counties in the nation and the 83
worst county out of over 3,100 countiesoverall.
4,288 young people are uninsured.
In Hopkins County, 47.3 percent of young people age 18 to 39, including 51.4percent of men, lack health insurance, placing it in the worst 2 percent among all counties in the nation.
4,125 uninsured are eligible for subsidies or tax credits.
In Hopkins, 31.1 percent of those making between138 and 400 percent of the federal poverty line
a key group that will qualify for insurance subsidies under theAffordable Care Act
are uninsured. Among this group, it is in the worst 3 percent among all counties in the nationand 84
2,733 Hispanics are uninsured.
In Hopkins County, 52.9 percent of Hispanics are uninsured
placing it in theworst 5 percent among all counties in the nation.
High rate of heart disease
. Hopkins County
’s heart disease mortality rate of those under age
75 is 103.5 per100,000 people
57 percent over the national average.
High rate of diabetes
. The county has a rate of diabetes prevalence that is more than 37 percent higher than thenational average, at 11.4 percent of the population.