Sebelius: Texas opposition hasn't helped sign-ups

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Posted: Friday, March 28, 2014 1:36 pm

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says political opposition in Texas to the federal health care overhaul hasn't helped the state's underperforming sign-up numbers.

Sebelius visited Austin on Friday for one last push before next week's open enrollment deadline. Millions of uninsured have until Monday to pick a plan or face penalties.

About 295,000 people in Texas had enrolled as of March 1. That's less than half the 629,000-person target for Texas that federal officials originally set.

Gov. Rick Perry and Texas' Republican leaders have consistently criticized the health overhaul.

At a United Way center in Austin, Sebelius said legal challenges and a "constant barrage of misinformation" haven't helped people trying to figure out the law.

Texas has the highest rate of uninsured residents in the country.

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