How many times has Tail Gunner Ted Cruz, John Cornyn, Loopy Louis Gohmert and Blake Farenthold — to name a few — told us that the people of Texas sent them to Washington to get rid of Obamacare, no matter what the cost? They have sung the song so many times that it should be a number one hit on the top 40 by now.
How then do they explain that when a statewide outreach event was held in Dallas over the weekend, 10,000 people lined up to learn more about the law and what was available to them in the line of health insurance policies?
Why were so many disappointed when they learned that they could only get information and not sign up for a policy at the event? Many indicated that they had come mainly because of the problems with the federal exchange which they must use and were hoping to be able to enroll on site.
The reason that Texans must use the federal site of course is that their illustrious Governor, Rick Perry, wants nothing to do with anything Obama, nor do his supporters in the state legislature. Therefore they elected to allow the federal government enroll their citizens.
Most of the stories were similar: they were uninsured and wanted to be insured or they wanted to see if they could find a better deal than what they currently have. None said that they were there to find the proof that the law is a bad deal, or that it was going to take something from them that they do not wish to give up.
The event was hosted by Blue Cross Blue Shield along with more than 30 community partners. From all appearances, even with the disappointment of those who had hoped to sign up, the event was very successful — and with good reason.
As Dr. Dan McCoy of Blue Cross Blue Shield said, “There’s safety in having an insurance card in your pocket.”
Watch a news report on the event below.