Fri, Jul 19, 2013 9:23 AM EDT 0:57
Texas officials have declined to establish a state-based health insurance marketplace, a major provision of the federal Affordable Care Act. So private organizations are working to educate Texans about coverage options through the federal health insurance exchange, which opens on Oct. 1. Disputing Republican criticism of his health care plan, President Barack Obama said the law is working and cutting costs for consumers with insurance company rebates and the promise of lower premiums. Hoping to gain the high ground in an escalating war of words over Obamacare, the U.S. administration forecast sharply lower than expected insurance costs for consumers and small businesses in new online state healthcare exchanges.