The number you need to know is four point two million.
Texas’ uninsured population will drop from 6.5 million this year to 2.3 million once the federal health care overhaul is fully implemented, and about a third of the remaining uninsured will likely be illegal immigrants, [Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Tom Suehs] said Thursday.
Four point two million people in Texas who do not currently have health insurance will eventually have it, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Four point two million people. When Greg Abbott talks about his frivolous lawsuit to repeal the Affordable Care Act, he should be asked why he doesn’t want those 4.2 million people to have health insurance. When Rick Perry and his minions talk about the magic of the free market as the real solution to providing health insurance to people who don’t have it, they should be asked what they intend to do for those 4.2 million people. More to the point, they should be asked why they haven’t done it already. Rick Perry, David Dewhurst, and Greg Abbott are all running for their third full term in their office. They’ve had plenty of time and a legislature full of their fellow Republicans to deal with this problem. If they don’t like the solution President Obama and the Congressional Democrats have created, they had plenty of time to come up with one of their own. But they haven’t, and because of that we have all these uninsured people that the Affordable Care Act will help. Four point two million people. That’s the bottom line.