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21 February

Texans Don’t Want to Repeal Obamacare without a Replacement

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By: Kevin Nix, Senior Director of Communications

As we wrote in a recent note to our patients, Legacy is aware of the understandable confusion and anxiety around the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. What all Houstonians  should know is that health insurance plans have not yet changed, and those who have insurance will continue to receive the benefits of their individual plan.

The good news out today on the Obamacare front is that a vast majority of Texans (68%), including Republicans and Independents, do not want lawmakers to repeal the health law without having a replacement plan. This is reasonable and responsible.

“There are many features of the Affordable Care Act that Republicans are not opposed to; in fact, they embrace Obamacare in a number of areas,” said Jim Henson, head of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin and co-director of the poll released today.

Changes to Obamacare are coming, but whatever they are,  we urge lawmakers to follow a patient-centered model of policymaking and to ensure the health of safety-net providers – all 70 of us across Texas serving as the backbone for the medically underserved areas of the state – remains strong in any new repair job.

At its core, the health care debate is about saving lives and livelihoods. Public policy should reflect that.