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As Enrollment Passes 5 Million, GOP Still Trying to Repeal Obamacare

by: Emily Cadik

Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM CDT

Now that the Affordable Care Act has been the law for four years, over 5 million Americans have enrolled through the federal marketplace, and millions more have enrolled through the Medicaid expansion, Republicans in Congress have decided it's time to figure out their own proposal for a health care overhaul.

After campaigning against the ACA for years, Republicans are realizing that voters appreciate proactive solutions. But since they don't actually have consensus around an alternative after years of trying to repeal the law, they are planning to test ideas throughout April in town-hall style meetings to figure something out.

The plan is quite clearly too little, too late. Rather than propose fixes or modifications, the proposal is expected to be a full-scale alternative to what has already been implemented and provided insurance to millions of people.

Read about real Texans who have already benefited from the ACA after the jump.

@ACAstories continues to Tweet the stories of people around the country finding affordable health care, many of them from Texas. For instance:
  • TX: Vera MT @VeraGorman 1st time w/ cvg since '01. $116/mo silver HMO w $280 subsidy. 7yrs ago quoted $750/mo for catastr. cvg I cldn't use
  • TX: 27yo Shelley Davis says once she saw the ACA choices, "a no-brainer" to sign up. For $147/mo. "So glad" she did!
  • TX: Dru Saxton RT @evanafter I just signed up for healthcare through http://healthcare.gov  ! And I got DENTAL <3
  • TX: Albert, a part-time worker, has cvg for 1st time ever. Thx to the ACA, he got real peace of mind for only $23/mo.
Some have fuller stories to accompany the tweets, like Ernesto from El Paso. Ernesto said he realized he's "no Superman," and that health insurance is especially important now that he's married and starting a family. "Should anything happen to me, the last thing I would want to leave my family is years of paying off my medical debts."

Shellie Braggs from Dallas says, "My kids are great, and I want only the best for them. But one thing I wasn't always able to do was provide health insurance for them. I don't get insurance through my employer because I'm a contractor, and I couldn't afford the $500 monthly premiums for my children and myself... All I had to do was log onto HealthCare.gov and explore my options. I selected a Silver plan - in no more than 15 minutes! I qualified for reduced costs, so my premium is only $131 a month. And my children are covered by the Children's Health Insurance Program."

These stories are just a few of the hundreds of thousands in Texas - and millions around the country - who have very tangibly benefited from the law that the GOP is working tirelessly and fruitlessly to dismantle.  

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