Politics or People? How Titus 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 Titus County, Texas are among those who standto 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.
Titus County Facts:
9,049 are uninsured
. Of the 28,399 people under age 65 in Titus County, 31.9 percent are uninsured, putting it asthe 59
worst county out of over 3,100 counties in the nation.
4,239 women are uninsured
. In Titus County, 29.8 percent of women under age 65 are uninsured
placing it inthe 2nd percentile among all counties in the nation and the 65
worst county out of over 3,100 counties overall.
4,551 young people are uninsured
. In Titus County, 48.9 percent of young people age 18 to 39 lack healthinsurance, including 53.5 percent of men. This makes it among the 50 worst counties and the worst one percent inthe nation along both of these measures.
20 percent of African Americans are uninsured
. In Titus County, 20 percent of African Americans areuninsured
placing it in the 34th percentile among all counties in the nation.
4,785 Hispanics are uninsured.
In Titus County, 39 percent of Hispanics are uninsured
placing it in the 28thpercentile among all counties in the nation.
High rate of heart disease
Titus County’s heart disease mortality rate of those under age 75 is 86.5 per 100,000
27 percent over the national average.
High rate of diabetes
. The county has a rate of diabetes prevalence that is more than 12 percent higher than thenational average, at 9.3 percent of the population.