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Texas Enrollment in Obamacare: 2,991

Texas Enrollment in Obamacare: 2,991

Texans are not exactly flocking to Obamacare.

 

  There are an estimated 6 million people without health insurance in Texas, but Katie Naranjo of the group Protect Your Care, which is working to implement the health care program in the state said the number of people who have successfully registered for the program is somewhat less than that.

 

  "The total number of folks who have been able to enroll are 2.991,' Naranjo told reporters today.

 

  That's right.  That works out to .0004% of the six million uninsured.

 

  What is the hang up?  Ed Sills of the Texas AFL CIO says it is Texas Republican office holders like Gov. Perry who have been talking down Obamacare and trying to repeal it rather than working with Democrats to try to make it work.

 

  "They want to repeal every scrap of the Affordable Care Act, but then when any element of the rollout runs into difficulty, they cry out that the government has to do better, and the miracle cure hasn't occurred," he said.

 

  Several activist groups said they are also working with people across the state to try to convince them to sign up, and helping them work through problems in the system.

 

  Tiffany Hogue, who is one of the organizers, defended the low numbers.

 

  "I think these numbers are quite remarkable, considering the incredibly difficult climate that we have in this state," she said.

 

  Naranjo said 108,000 Texans have applied for insurance under the program, and 63,904 have 'finished their applications.'

 

  One concern that many of the pro-Obamacare groups raised was Texas' failure to expand the Medicaid program to allow more low income people to participate.

 

  They said some 11,000 people who have registered for Obamacare in Texas have found they are eligible for Medicaid.

 

  State Rep. Chris Turner (D-Ft. Worth) said the state's failure to expand Medicaid is costing Texas.  He says the federal government will pay for 100% of the costs of expanded enrollment for the next two years, and 90% in years three to ten.  He says without expanded Medicaid, the state's health care climate will get worse, and it will start scaring off new employers.

 

  "Rejecting Medicaid expansion is costing Texas more than 200,000 new jobs," he said.

 

 

 

 

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