Fri, Jul 19, 2013 9:22 AM EDT 0:59
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. 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. President Barack Obama says his health care law is working and cutting costs for consumers, despite what the law's Republican critics say. Obama emphasized half a billion dollars in rebates going to nearly 9 million people under a provision of the law he says is holding insurance companies accountable.