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Number Of Texans With Health Insurance Will Soar With Health Care Reform—It Was Mitt Romney’s Idea

The percentage of Texans with health insurance will sharply increase to 91% after President Obama’s Health Care Reform takes effect in 2014.

From the Houston Chronicle

“The percentage of Texans with health insurance will increase to 91 percent – up from 74 percent today – after the national health care law takes effect in 2014, the state’s Medicaid director told lawmakers….”

Texas has the highest rate of uninsured Americans in all the nation. 

Here is the website for the Affordable Care Act.  Read for yourself what Health Care Reform will accomplish.

This issue will soon be debated before the Supreme Court.

Texas Governor Rick Perry hopes that–against the odds– the Court strikes down the whole Act or portions of the Act, so he can go on not caring when Texans die or go bankrupt from the absence of health coverage.

Will states rights issues decided by the Civil War help you when you or your family members are sick and have no coverage? Do you want to give up the provision of Health Care Reform that allows people with pre-existing conditions to get coverage?

Governor Perry and Texas Republicans running the show in Austin have had years to deal with this crisis. What have they done beyond attacking cancer screenings provided by Planned Parenthood so that even more Texans can get sick and die?

For all the Republican griping, what did President George W. Bush and Republicans in control of Congress for much of the last decade do to help more people get health coverage?

One Republican who did do something is former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Governor Romney is a major architect of the individual mandate for health coverage that is also part of President Obama’s plan.

Don’t worry though–Governor Romney is pledging to repeal Health Care Reform should he be elected President.

Governor Romney enacted Health Care Reform before he repealed it.

The Affordable Care Act is a middle-of-the-road law based in part on Governor Romney’s Massachusetts plan. This law will help millions of people in Texas and all across the nation.

Top Texas political blogger Charles Kuffner has more on this important concern.

March 7, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. ” Do you want to give up the provision of Health Care Reform that allows people with pre-existing conditions to get coverage?”

    Yes. And if there were a provision that allowed people to buy homeowners insurance while their house was on fire, or to buy flood insurance while there was a hurricane in the Gulf, I would oppose those too because incentives affect people’s behavior, often in a way that imposes costs on other people.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | March 7, 2012

  2. People need the access to health care that health insurance provides. This health insurance needs to be affordable. Pre-existing condtions should not block people from care for years and years after the fact. You could not buy a homeowners policy in the brief time your home was on fire before it would be severely damaged or destroyed. People go for years and years without health coverage for the offense of getting sick. Where has been the Republican response to this concern? At least a response beyond that of the likely next Republican nominee, who now disowns his actions as a kind of pre-existing condition that harms him with much of his potential primary electorate.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | March 7, 2012


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