Americans are faced with lots of rhetoric about health care today and what Washington is doing about it — some factual and some not. To address this, I am writing to have a candid conversation about the current state of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obamacare.”
This discussion has to start with the condition of Obamacare today. When it passed Congress in 2010, its goals were to increase access to health care and to improve affordability. My Central Texas constituents have made it clear to me that these goals were not met.
The number of national health-care insurance provider options has dropped from 232 choices in 2016 to just 167 today — a decline of about 30 percent. In Texas, 70 percent of our counties have just one health-care insurance option. Without quick action from Congress, many of those counties will lose all options in 2018.