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How Many Texans Have Enrolled For Obamacare? About 3,000

Nov 13, 2013

Less than 3,000 Texans managed to enroll for health insurance last month on the problem-plagued federal online exchange that's a centerpiece of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
 
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday that 2,991 people in Texas had selected a plan from the insurance marketplace.

Nearly 54,000 Texans applied for a health plan through the exchange. They sought coverage for more than 108,000 people - including themselves, spouses and children.

So few succeeded because the federal site offering insurance coverage has been beset with problems since its Oct. 1 rollout.

Texas has the highest rate of uninsured Americans - more than 23 percent.
 
But it's relying on the federal health coverage exchange website since the GOP-controlled Texas Legislature refused to create a state-run marketplace.

Last week, President Obama visited Dallas to defend the Affordable Care Act. He expressed frustration that Healthcare.gov has had technical issues, but said the website is improving. Read up on his visit from KERA.