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Obama visits Dallas to make case for Obamacare

English.news.cn   2013-11-07 13:31:07            

HOUSTON, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Dallas late Wednesday to urge Texas to join his signature health care law.

The Republican-led Lone Star state has the highest rate of uninsured Americans in the nation.

Speaking at a synagogue in Dallas, Obama used the occasion to ramp up pressure on Texas Governor Rick Perry who has refused to take advantage of a provision in the law to expand Medicaid to cover more of the working poor.

"There's no state that actually needs this more than Texas," Obama said. "Here in just the Dallas area, 133,000 people who don't currently have health insurance would immediate get health insurance without even having to go through the website" if Texas would just expand Medicaid.

He noted that neighboring states have done that because it is a no-brainer. Arkansas, alone, he said, cut the number of uninsured by 14 percent in the first month by expanding Medicaid.

"Why wouldn't the state of Texas want to do the same thing?" he asked later at a fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. " Well, it's because ideology has taken precedence over common sense and helping people."

Perry, in a published statement, accused the president of trying to "salvage his ill-conceived and unpopular program from a Titanic fate." "Texans aren't the reason Obamacare is crumbling," Perry said. "Obamacare is the reason Obamacare is crumbling."

Earlier Obama expressed his regret for the troubles at the federal website that have prevented many people from enrolling for insurance. He compared the problem-plagued website to a store that has a good product for sale and not enough cash registers to ring up the purchases.

"As challenging as this may seem sometimes, as frustrating as HealthCare.gov may be sometimes, we are going to get this done," Obama reassured some 150 volunteers and paid navigators helping in enrollment who had gathered to meet him.

Before flying to Texas, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with more than a dozen Senate Democrats to discuss the healthcare overhaul rollout.

The Democrats, most of whom face re-election next year, gave their input on existing challenges with implementation of the Affordable Care Act to the president, according to a White House statement issued earlier Wednesday.

Obama also discussed ongoing efforts to fix HealthCare.gov and improve the experience of Americans looking to enroll in coverage with the senators.

High-profile failures of HealthCare.gov has put the Obama administration on the defensive in recent weeks.

Republicans and Democrats have deep disagreement on Obamacare that led to a 16-day partial shutdown of the U.S. federal government last month.

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