Republicans couldn’t contain their LOLs over the anemically low private insurance enrollment numbers for the first month of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The joke formula was simple: ___________ is more popular than Obamacare.
Because when people can’t get insurance, it’s funny.
The master of the form was Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), better known to our readers as a member of Congress who might not be able to pass a firearms background check.
About 110,000 people contract chlamydia each month, more than signed up for Obamacare. Obamacare is less popular than chlamydia.
— Rep. Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You) November 14, 2013
You know what’s also a lot more popular than Obamacare? Not having health insurance in Texas.
For every one person who enrolled in an ACA exchange plan, 58 Texans lack insurance. A quarter of the state’s population, 6,234,900 people, are uninsured. To put this in context, for Obamacare to be a success, about seven million people need to enroll by March.
To get a sense of how dire the health care situation is for those in the Lone Star State without heath care coverage, read “Texas’ Other Death Penalty: A Galveston medical student describes life and death in the so-called safety net” by Rachel Pearson.
The MD/PhD student breaks down the biggest myth that the right uses to rebut concerns for the uninsured: that they can get the care they need in emergency rooms:
Ted Cruz has argued that it is “much cheaper to provide emergency care than it is to expand Medicaid,” and Rick Perry has claimed that Texans prefer the ER system. The myth is based on a 1986 federal law called the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), which states that hospitals with emergency rooms have to accept and stabilize patients who are in labor or who have an acute medical condition that threatens life or limb. That word “stabilize” is key: Hospital ERs don’t have to treat you. They just have to patch you up to the point where you’re not actively dying. Also, hospitals charge for ER care, and usually send patients to collections when they cannot pay.
This kind of care is no use to those with chronic ailments like cancer, heart disease or diabetes — aka the leading causes of death in America.