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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at an election campaign fundraiser in Stamford, Connecticut, August 6, 2012.  REUTERS/Jason Reed
President Obama traveled to Dallas Wednesday, where he was scheduled to meet with navigators and to renew his efforts challenging Republican governors to put people over politics and expand Medicaid.
The White House estimates that in Texas, 1.2 million individuals are caught in that divide.

"If it makes sense anywhere to expand Medicaid, it makes sense in Texas," said San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro (D), who said poor and uninsured residents put a strain on state and municipal budgets.

It makes sense to the people of Texas, too. At least that's what they told pollsters in a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll. The polling was focused on how people feel about the various components of the law. While only 33 percent of Texans polled support the law, "big majorities like many of its components." That includes Medicaid expansion:
Two-thirds of voters support giving states the option to expand their Medicaid programs for low-income, uninsured adults. That majority spanned the ideological spectrum on an issue that Texas lawmakers ducked last session, opting not to expand that coverage.
More than 35 percent of them said they "strongly" support that provision, while some of the provisions of the law are even more popular.
Chart showing public support in Texas of various provisions of Obamacare.
That's probably one of the reasons Texas' Republican leaders are doing their damnedest to make Obamacare fail. If it turns out pretty darned good for people, even Texans, they're going to start wondering what all the fuss was about. They're going to start wondering why their elected Republican leaders worked so hard to keep it away from them. They're going to start wondering why in the hell their Republican leaders spent all their time fighting this instead of doing stuff that might have actually helped them.

When voters start asking those kinds of questions, Republicans have to worry. See Cuccinelli, Ken.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 12:07 PM PST.

Also republished by TexKos-Messing with Texas with Nothing but Love for Texans, Houston Area Kossacks, Turning Texas: Election Digest, and Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (38+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 12:07:30 PM PST

  •  Heh! Perfect follow-up to this morning.. (11+ / 0-)

    Texas beefs up Obamacare sabotage efforts
    ..especially since Perry is:
    ...begging for Obamacare even as he maligns it..and it's no wonder why:

    It won’t be long before the Texas medical establishment forces the hand of Texas politicians as they lose billions to other states.

     - emphasis added

    As predicted.

    So being the consummate ass kisser that Perry has proven himself to be, it shouldn't be long now for a complete cave - once he gets his story together - not sure how he'll accomplsh that though after all he's said and done against it:

    “With due respect, the secretary and our president are missing the point: It’s not that Americans don’t understand Obamacare, it’s that we understand it all too well,” Perry said at the time. “In Texas, we’ve been fighting Obamacare from the beginning, refusing to expand a broken Medicaid system and declining to set up a state health insurance exchange.”
    Bet Perry will say he's somehow "fixed "the broken" parts as in his own agenda, and both Medicare and the exchanges wil be up and running with in months if not weeks (for the Medicaid expamsion prolly first)

    Thx Joan McCarter

  •  Actually (2+ / 0-)
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    socialistfolkstick, ssgbryan

    once Texans figure out the ACA is a good thing, they'll say it was Romney's idea in the first place.  Then they'll say Benghazi and go to bed.

  •  This: (1+ / 0-)
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    alice kleeman
    If it turns out pretty darned good for people, even Texans, they're going to start wondering what all the fuss was about. They're going to start wondering why their elected Republican leaders worked so hard to keep it away from them. They're going to start wondering why in the hell their Republican leaders spent all their time fighting this instead of doing stuff that might have actually helped them.
    should happen in every recalcitrant state. It's ridiculous that everyone isn't on board.  

    Would you Kossacks say that allowing states the option not to expand Medicaid/have a state exchange was a major error on PBO's part?

  •  Tht 'anything my constituents say' party? (1+ / 0-)
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    a2nite

    Aren't these GOPers the 'I'll do whatever my constituents say, even re-enslavement' party?

    So...

    Now those constituents want healthcare...

    Better live up to their word, and give it to them.

    .

    The roaches always win if you turn out the lights.

    by Jyotai on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 02:22:23 PM PST

  •  As much as I would like to support the conclusion (2+ / 0-)
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    dinotrac, icemilkcoffee

    I don't think that the question asked necessarily demonstrates it.  Asking if states should have the option to expand Medicaid might mean, in the minds of people who have been following the Supreme Court, also having the option to NOT expand Medicaid.  After all, it was not supposed to be an option.  They should have asked whether people supported expanding Medicaid in Texas.  Maybe the answer would be the same and I'm just over thinking this, but I would have liked to be sure.

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    by RabbleON on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 02:22:57 PM PST

  •  The problem for Texans is ... (1+ / 0-)
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    Brooke In Seattle

    that Texas isn't governed by Texans...so it would seem.


    Caution: Reality in the mirror may be closer than it appears. - 16382

    by glb3 on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 02:23:05 PM PST

  •  Subsidize the poors? (0+ / 0-)

    Is anyone else astonished at the marge majority in a scarlet state approving "Insurance subsidies for low-income Americans"?

    I wonder if it would have been different if it had said "Government insurance subsidies..." or ""Paid for out of your taxes subsidies..."

    Use every man after his desert, and who should 'scape whipping?

    by UncleDavid on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 02:25:24 PM PST

  •  Houston is the home of the (2+ / 0-)
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    Texas Medical Center.  Just about every doctor and hospital within and without the Center surely would want to expand Medicaid. Even Republican officials in Houston say it is ridiculous to turn it down.  Harris County Judge Ed Emmett (R) said to take it and call it something else.  Kind of like what Kentucky did.  

    Don't be surprised if you hear a thing or two about Lone Star Care within the next few months.  Rick Perry will say Texas worked around Obamacare and did its own thing, while taking federally expanded medicaid funds.  Wendy Davis should go after Greg Abbott when this happens.

  •  Let them wonder! n/t (0+ / 0-)

    Mix the blood and make new people!

    by Yonkers Boy on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 02:26:01 PM PST

  •  Republicans brought it on themselves (5+ / 0-)

    They made no contribution to the process.  We all find ourselves stuck with a bad law, but Republicans have no credible opposition to it because they never put forward a reasonable alternative.  They pretended everything was wonderful during the worst economy in years -- a time when many people became directly and painfully aware of the problems with health care delivery and payment in the United States.

    Sucks to be them.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 02:30:03 PM PST

    •  Actually they did put forth an alternative (1+ / 0-)
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      dinotrac

      with 2 key tenets:  (1) tort reform (i.e., malpractice award limits that are often too low today for catastrophic negligence-e.g., my nephew) and (2) ability to purchase health insurance across state lines (i.e., mostly junk insurance not accepted by providers).  How the latter works: provider will demand payment at point of service and give you the forms to file with your insurance company-cash or credit card at point of service and good luck with your claim. But what about those damned pre-existing conditions that make you ineligible for even junk insurance?   OK, I realize you said "reasonable" alternative.

      •  Reasonable was indeed the key word. (0+ / 0-)

        John McCain actually had the first step towards a reasonable alternative with his proposed tax credits (a lot like ACA), but campaign ideas are not the same as fleshed-out programs.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 05:17:17 PM PST

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  •  Does the McAuliffe win in Va (0+ / 0-)

    Mean that Medicaid will be expanded there, too?

  •  I'd love to see Wendy Davis... (1+ / 0-)
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    alice kleeman

    ...put Greg Abbott on the defensive over his and his party's opposition the the Affordable Care Act.

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." --Gandhi

    by alaprst on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 03:27:23 PM PST

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