Skip to comments.Obama takes veiled shot at Ted Cruz, presses Texas to expand Medicaid
Posted on 11/07/2013 12:43:29 PM PST by SoConPubbie
President Barack Obama walks in with volunteer Edna Pemberton before speaking with other...
With Washington focused on the Obamacare website's continued failure and insurers dropping millions from their plans, President Obama traveled to one of the areas of the country where opposition to Obamacare is the strongest to offer a pep talk to the law's supporters.
Speaking to a synagogue in Dallas, Obama said the many benefits of the Affordable Care Act are getting lost in all the politics and all of the chatter.
Because of the law, children up to the age of 26 already can stay on their parents insurance plans, he said, and families aren't going to go bankrupt just because someone in their family got sick.
The status quo just wasn't working for people, he said.
The president said he is the first to admit that the "website woes" are driving him crazy and are unacceptable. Stressing that affordable, high-quality insurance is out there for people despite the difficulties with signing up on the website, he likened the situation to a great product being available in a store that people can't access.
The cash registers don't work and there's not enough parking spaces folks can't get through the door, he said, assuring that by the end of the month he anticipates that the website will be working properly.
Obama also used the appearance to ramp up pressure on Texas Gov. Rick Perry to take advantage of the Obamacare provisions that allow states to expand Medicaid rolls.
I know that sometimes this task is especially challenging here in the great Lone Star State, he said, prompting a woman in the audience to shout Were up to the task!
No state needs to expand their Medicaid participants more than Texas, Obama said.
Here in just the Dallas area, 133,000 people who dont currently have health insurance would immediately get health insurance without even having to go through the website if Texas would just expand Medicaid, he said.
He noted that neighboring states have done that because this is a no-brainer. Arkansas, alone, he said, cut the number of uninsured by 14 percent in the first month by expanding Medicaid, and Oregon cut its uninsured by 10 percent.
Roughly 150 people filled the synagogue's social hall, which was festooned with hand-painted banners that read Affordable Health Care in big blue letters. The White House said the crowd was filled with local volunteers who are helping consumers learn about and enroll in the federal exchanges.
Later at a fundraiser for Senate Democrats at the home of Dallas lawyer Peter Kraus, Obama made several allusions to Ted Cruz, the Texas Tea Party-backed senator who led the charge for the government shutdown in a failed effort to try to defund or delay Obamacare.
While Obama said there are "a whole lot of good and decent Republicans," he said the party is captive to a more radical element that forced the shutdown.
Right now theres a group that and a few of them are from Texas who just arent willing to do the hard work and compromise necessary to move the country forward," he said.
In opening remarks, host Lisa Kraus was more direct in labeling Cruz and others as a "reckless" band of lawmakers and thanking Obama for standing up to them.
"I want to personally thank you for standing up to this faction and for saying, 'No, you can't," she said. "'No, you can't shut down the government because you don't like a law."
The president reiterated his desire for Texas to expand Medicaid and referred to Perry's resistance as "bullheadedness."
Its a good deal for the state of Texas The only reason were not doing it is ideology," he said.
Those attending the dinner at the Kraus home paid $15,000 to attend.
This story was first posted on Nov. 6 at 9:45 p.m.
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Lil Barry is a big f’n poosey.
“Because of the law, children up to the age of 26 already can stay on their parents insurance plans, he said, and families aren’t going to go bankrupt just because someone in their family got sick.”
There is that crap about “CHILDREN up to the age of 26”.
What the heck is that? I’d be one mad as hell twenty something back in the day if I was called a CHILD after reaching, oh maybe 16 years of age. Now its ok to call adults 20-26 YOA children? What the hell is going on in this bizarro world.....
Of course. The goal of Obamacare is Medicaid for all.
This is the problem with Baraq. Most speakers actually speak to people instead of to buildings.
Wait until the federal money runs out for the states that expanded Medicaid. They will all be left paying for a program that will take many of the states the way of Detroit.
When I was 26 I had been paying bills and helping to pay a mortgage for 3 years. I was no child.
Because they consider themselves children. Just look who is running the White Hut - CHILDREN. I think it is time the Adults took over.
That is why Gov. Perry doesn’t want to expand it.
Go peddle your lying bullcrap somewhere else, you limp-wristed, jug-eared moron.
Obama, I have an idea. Get real firm and threaten Texas leadership and Texans. Should put the “Fear of God” in them. Please. Show them you’re a strong leader who won’t take no for an answer.
Well, BO at least has that part right. The majority of Texas is patriotic Americans. An even bigger majority of BO's regime are hard core Marxists.
The two groups do not have a lot in common.
I was back from a war for 7 years and was still a child. I had 3 sons by then!
I saw another Impeach banner on an overpass while driving through Dallas on I-30 the other day.
Becoming a regular thing.
“If you like your flag, you can keep your flag.” - BObama.