Report: Texans Could Benefit Most from Obamacare, Ted Cruz Wants To Defund It

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The House GOP in Congress voted for the 40th time to repeal the Affordable Care Act, just 2 days after the Center for American Progress released a report showing which US counties would benefit most from the law. The study focused on the “30 counties that rank among the worst counties in the nation across five key factors among counties with population greater than 25,000.” Embarrassingly Texas is home to 22 of those 30, and 18 of them are represented by the same Republicans who are trying to defund the very law that would help their constituents.

Many of the laws provisions, including barring insurance companies from dropping individuals for preexisting conditions, will take effect in 2014, and from Republicans' increasingly erratic behavior it seems they may be concerned Americans might like having access to healthcare. Sen. Ted Cruz put it another way, “The Obama administration's plan is very simple – to get as many Americans as possible addicted to the subsidies.” Ted Cruz is going so far as threatening to partially shut down the government saying, “Any elected official who casts a vote for this continuing resolution that funds Obamacare is affirmatively voting to fund Obamacare,” yet not all in his party agree this is a good idea…

Click below the jump to see why the “defund Obamacare” train could put Republicans on the wrong electoral track…Georgia Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss told MSNBC, “We've been down that road…We got our butts kicked over shutting down the government.”

It is ashame that in the state with the highest rate of uninsured children, the primary battle is over who can most fervently defend that title. Open enrollment into the Health Insurance Marketplace begins on October 1, and fortunately there are several organizations that are picking up the slack and going directly to the people who will benefit most from enrolling. Enroll America, will work with healthcare stakeholders from insurers and employers to faith-based organizations to accomplish its mission of maximizing, “the number of uninsured Americans who enroll in health coverage made available by the Affordable Care Act.” Two others that have joined forces are “Protect your Care” and “Americans United for Change.” According to a recent press call they are creating a long term campaign to “promote the benefits of Obamacare”, and “hold Republicans accountable for what they take away”.

Republicans have great reasons to be concerned. If American's appreciate having affordable health coverage they will remember who spent all their time fighting against it. It was those Republicans on Capitol Hill with their own extensive government healthcare. But, perhaps the most ironic aspect of all is that after “Obamacare” is fully implemented and more Americans have affordable health insurance than ever, it will be impossible for them to forget who to thank.  


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Joe Deshotel

Joe was born and raised in Beaumont, Tx, but live music and politics brought him to Austin. He has worked in and around government and elections for over a decade including for a member of US Congress, the Texas Legislature, the Mayor of Austin. He currently serves as Communications Director for the Travis County Democratic Party. He is most interested in transportation, energy and technology issues. He also likes Texas Hold'em and commuting on his electric skateboard. Follow me on Twitter at @joethepleb.

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