Ed. note: Phillip Martin, a long-time writer here at BOR, is now the Research and Policy Director for Progress Texas. He is also a contributing writer to our site. The following post contains material originally published at Progress Texas.
If you need any further proof that the Affordable Care Act is working in Texas, here's a simple compare and contrast between the policies of Texas Governor Rick Perry and those of President Barack Obama. Be sure to check back all week for more on how the Affordable Care Act is working in Texas, and sign our Progress Texas pledge defending the Affordable Care Act.
The key policies contrasted above are:
- Current – This is our status quo.
- Governor Perry's Plan – If Texas opts out of Medicaid, like Perry wants, 2.55 million more Texans will lose their health care coverage. (Source – Dallas Morning News)
- President Obama's Plan – If the policies of the Affordable Care Act are allowed to be set in place, then 91% of the state of Texas is expected to have health care coverage in the coming years. (Source – Houston Chronicle)
Learn more about how the Affordable Care Act is working in Texas below the fold.
Here are some key facts and figures you should know about how the Affordable Care Act is working in Texas:
- 7,536,000 – Number of Texans that no longer have a lifetime limit on their health insurance plan thanks to ACA
- 6,044,690 – Number of Texans helped by health reform's prevention coverage improvements thanks to ACA
- 5,003,000 – Number of Texans protected by the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) “80-20 Rule” thanks to ACA.
- 300,731 – Number of young adult Texans that have gained health insurance through their parent's plans thanks to ACA
- 103,000 – Number of Texas seniors who saved an average of $565 per person in prescription drug costs because of fixes to the infamous Medicare “donut hole” – thanks to ACA
- 4,029 – Number of Texans who have gained health care coverage through the Pre-existing condition insurance plan thanks to ACA
- 120 – Number of Texas employers who have received over $425 million in federal support to make early retiree health coverage more affordable, thanks to ACA.
The Affordable Care Act is working in Texas and it's our job, as progressives, to stand up and make that clear. We need to work more to educate our elected officials, of all parties and at all levels, about the benefits of this landmark legislation.