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Video: Texas Banking on Health Care Reform Repeal

Texas has spent its energy fighting federal health reform, not working to implement it. So what happens if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds it? In partnership with the Tribune, KTRK-TV's Ted Oberg reports.

By Ted Oberg, KTRK-TV
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U.S. Supreme Court: Health Reform

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court is holding hearings on a lawsuit brought against the federal government by Texas and 25 other states that questions the constitutionality of several key aspects of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Texas Tribune and KTRK-TV in Houston have partnered to cover these proceedings by showing you how the law has already affected some residents and by curating content that explains what's at stake for nearly 6 million Texans who remain uninsured.

HOUSTON — In a third day of arguments on the constitutionality of federal health care reform, Supreme Court justices were asked to decide if parts of the law can remain on the books if other parts are thrown out.

A decision is not expected from the court until late June. Meanwhile, some states are working to implement portions of the legislation — efforts that have not been aggressive in Texas, according to an analysis by KTRK-TV investigative reporter Ted Oberg in conjunction with The Texas Tribune. 

Texas is one of 26 states fighting federal health reform at the U.S. Supreme Court; Attorney General Greg Abbott has been up in Washington, D.C., all week. Texas has neither a funding plan in place nor a plan to pay for the massive Medicaid expansion the law calls for. The state has also done little to prepare for health care exchanges, insurance pools to help people buy coverage. 

This is largely because of state leaders' very public opposition to the measure. Take Gov. Rick Perry's Tweet this morning: "Obamacare may limp out of the Supreme Court on life support. But the American people will vote it and Obama out of existence this fall."

Read more here. And watch Oberg's special report, edited and shot by photojournalist Charles Fisher.

As mentioned in Oberg's story, check out the Tribune's interactive looking at all the lawsuits pending between the state and the federal government here.

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