President Obama Takes Texans' Questions Over Health Care

U.S. president travels to Dallas to participate in a town-hall event with residents.
14:49 | 11/07/13

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Now and good afternoon. A good evening. My name is Edna and dean -- -- -- bring you greetings from oak cliff Texas. And I've written you off Doug ratings come up after. Brian -- -- Concord Baptist Church. I have this -- honor to visit anti -- commander in chief but let me -- their reason why. On January the twelfth. 2012. I was that -- -- cancer. Went into the hospital no one that I had everything all right but -- my part I didn't do the paperwork right. And -- did not service. So after being -- god blessed me on -- through the prayers. I decided that I would join you and many of you. To make sure that everybody understand for affordable health care. Did no one else will be denied service because they didn't do the proper work right like I -- They didn't gentlemen I know you've been waiting some that bungled the August update -- of -- the -- I'm gonna introduce to you president. Barack Obama -- Yeah. Thank you had not given a big round of applause. Well it is wonderful to see all of you. And -- let me just makes him special mention of some people in addition Edna who -- here. First of all your outstanding mayor Mike -- -- here. Outstanding county judge -- Jenkins who's doing a great job on affordable care thank you -- Wonderful congresswoman. Eddie Bernice Johnson -- their. And we want to think rabbi David Stern and rabbi Asher night. Of temple Emanuel for hosting us here today. And the main reason I'm here is to thank all of you. You know. -- -- story is a story that is repeated. All across the country. People who. Got sick men have health insurance. Folks who thought they had health insurance and then turned out. Because the fine print or I'm not -- something out right they were short of what they needed in terms of getting -- And when I ran for office. Obviously we were in the midst of a Great Recession and my number one priority was making sure that we've been going to a great depression and making sure that. We started putting people back to work -- We've now seen the economy begin to recover although sometimes Washington's not helpful. With things like the shut down. We've seen seven and a half million new jobs created we've seen exports at record levels we've seen a lot of growth. In places like Dallas and people are starting to get. Their footing back home. Prices start to recover. But. What I also understood was that if we did not start tackling our health care system in a serious way. It would continue to undermine our economy it would continue to hurt families and it would continue to hurt business. And there's a reason why it had never been done before. Start when Harry Truman people have talked about how we were gonna make sure that. Everybody had affordable quality health care. But through democratic and Republican presidents and congresses. We couldn't get it -- and the reason -- its heart. It's a big chunk of the economy. And a lot of people. Even if they don't like what. Is going on are always nervous about change. So -- a challenge but we were able to get it done in part because of grassroots folks like you have fought so hard to make sure that we've. Were able to deliver on universal -- it. And that is what this is all about. They'll ultimately. All the politics all the chatter. Sometimes leaves out the fact that the system we have the status quo just wasn't working for too many people. And so it was important for us as difficult and challenging as it has been to go ahead move forward. To make sure that folks like -- When they go to the hospital because they've been stricken with -- -- -- No not only that -- -- gonna get good care but also that their families are gonna go bankrupt just because somebody in the family got -- That's what we've been fighting for. Now. Over the last three years we've already put a whole bunch of benefits and -- A lot of people don't know that there in place because -- affordable health care act but. They're already in place so if you've got a child -- 45. Didn't have health insurance but now is on parents plan the reason for that is because will be affordable care. Seniors are getting discounts on a priest in drugs. -- and hundreds of dollars because we deepen the discount through the affordable care. Insurance companies have to. Treat customers right. Because we affordable care no more lifetime limits no more. Drop -- people just when they get sick. But. To finish the job now what we've got to -- a sign up those folks who don't have health insurance and improve. Insurance for those who are underinsured who don't have very good insurance and have been subject to. The whims of the insurance company and that's what this is all about and that's. The the challenge that we've got over the next month three months six months next year. And if we get that done when we get that done. Then we will have created a stable system in which there's no reason why people shouldn't be getting healthcare in this country. I'm the first to save -- The first month I've not been happy with. You've all heard about the web site -- Nothing drives me more crazy. Than. The fact that. Right now there's great insurance to be had out there choice and competition. Where people can save money for a better product. Except to many folks -- able to get through web site. Now this is like heaven -- a really good product at a store in the cash registers don't work and there are enough parking spots and nobody can get through the door. And so we are working overtime. To get this fixed and the web site is already better than it was. At the beginning of October. And by the end of this month we anticipate that is going to be working the way -- -- -- to. -- And folks are working 24/7. To make sure that happens. But remember the insurance is already there. And if people can't get through the web site they can get on the phone to the call center. And people can take their application and walk them through this process. And people can apply in person if they've got committed folks. Who were out there helping people to sign up. And that's what all of you have been committed to -- And it is so important. But the truth of the matter is even of the web -- were working a 100% a lot of people would still need help. To navigate through this stuff a high percentage of people who don't have health care also might not have ready access to a computer right -- Or it might be confusing for them and they would need people to help guide them through this process. And that's true by the way if their -- -- any kind of venture -- sometimes it's a complicated prospects. So the commitment that all of you the congregations that faith based groups are. Engaged in. Is critically important and it's not gonna stop. Even after the web sites -- -- perfectly we're still gonna need all of you. To be making these efforts and and I want to make special mention of of the mayor's. And and and -- work and -- -- bernese. Is work. -- get people signed up because. That's the kind of commendable -- -- gonna need on the ground on a day to day basis. So my main job here today -- to say thank you. And his clients said nothing's gonna stop us from getting this done because. We're on the right side of history is the right thing to do it is the right thing do for our economy our businesses and -- for him. Now. Left parliament. I know that sometimes. This task is especially challenging. Here in the great lone star state. But but. But I think that. All of you understand. There's no state. And actually needs this more than -- Think about it. We were just took -- just talk and on the way over here. That. In addition to signing people up for the marketplace is so -- -- By private insurance. Part of the Affordable Care Act was. Expanding. The number of working families. Who would qualify for Medicaid. Now. Because of the Supreme Court ruling. It's volunteer. Which states decide to expand. Medicaid coverage which don't. Here in just the Dallas area. A 133000. People. Who don't currently have health insurance. Would immediately get health insurance without even having to go through the web site. If the state. Of Texas decide to -- There is over 500. Million dollars just for this counting. That war would. Come -- to help. Families get health insurance. And government -- -- -- web site. If the state of Texas made this decision. And your neighboring states have made that decision because they look at it may serve as a no brainer why would not why would we not want to. Take advantage of -- so the state Arkansas. Has -- reduced its number of uninsured by 14%. Already just in the first -- by signing people up. For expanded Medicaid. 14% state -- 10% reduction in the number of uninsured already in the first month right away spoke to sign up. Just because the governor and the legislature there made the right decision. There's no reason why the state can't do the site. And what -- the I mentioned that in the Dallas area to 133000. People stand to benefit across this state you've got a million people. To -- the big stake. A million people. Citizens. Who don't have health insurance -- could get health insurance right away if the state of Texas decided. To take advantage. So. One of the things that sometimes gets -- a -- frustrated although I understand -- -- politics. Is folks who. Our. Complain and about how the -- it's not working. And why isn't Obama facts in this and all these people are uninsured and yet. -- -- a million people right now. Without health insurance. That they could immediately. Affects. There's not -- logic. -- -- But that's okay. Because we've gone through barriers before. We have gone through struggles before. Eventually though if you stick -- -- on the right thing. You get it done it'll happen. And so the so I just want all of you to remember. That. As challenging as this may seem sometimes. As frustrating as. You know health -- dot gov maybe sometimes. We are going to get this done. And when we do. When we do not if when we do. You're going to have. Families all across this great state of Texas. We're gonna have the security. And the well being. Of high quality affordable health insurance. And that's going to be good for business. It means that all the providers around here instead of having -- taken folks in the emergency room. Base some -- have customers who have insurance. That means those of you who already have -- health insurance your premiums. Will not be subsidizing. Folks who don't have health insurance. People get preventive care. Which means that. People are likely to be healthier. And that's within our power that's within -- -- So. -- -- pretty motivated group. This looks like a group that's ready to go. I'm here to tell -- not. Be right there -- via the entire way until we get this done and everybody. In Texas and -- -- all across this country. Had the affordable health care that they need thank you -- -- got lots of it's America. God bless the state of Texas.

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