New Mexico Leaders Call On Senate To Kill GOP Health Care Bill

by Staff Reporter / May 08, 2017 / comments

New Mexico Leaders Call On Senate To Kill GOP Health Care Bill

Staff Report

New Mexico’s elected leaders are speaking out on Congress’s passage of the House Republican “American Health Care Act” (AHCA), also known as “TrumpCare”, and they are not happy.

Last Thursday the House of Representatives voted 217-213 to pass “TrumpCare”, with all Democrats voting against the proposal.  The bill now moves on to the Senate which elicited an immediate response from New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich.

“President Trump and Republicans in Congress are rushing through a disastrous plan that threatens health coverage for thousands of New Mexico families.” Said Senator Heinrich, adding “Under the Republican health care plan, hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans will lose their coverage – stripping away health insurance from children, seniors, hardworking families, and decimating health care in rural New Mexico.”

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas also expressed concern and sent a letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Senate Minority Leader Schumer (D-New York) asking them to not pass the House Republican AHCA.

In the letter Attorney General Balderas stresses to the Senate leaders that New Mexicans are particularly vulnerable to changes to the healthcare system that the legislation would bring. Under the current law, known as the Affordable Care Act, or “Obama Care”, hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans gained access to health care coverage through the expansion of Medicaid and subsidies to help people afford health care. The Republican sponsored TrumpCare bill would reduce Medicaid benefits by over $800 billion over the next ten years.

An earlier Congressional Budget Office Report on an earlier version of the bill estimated these cuts would result in 24 million Americans losing health care coverage, including cutting coverage to over 300,000 New Mexicans (see earlier story HERE). Attorney General Balderas’ points out that New Mexicans are particularly vulnerable to these cuts. See below for the Balderas letter sent to Senate leadership.

Congressman Ben Ray Lujan (D-New Mexico) also weighed in with a statement saying “ The frantic effort by President Trump and House Republicans to ram through a harmful and disastrous healthcare repeal bill– with no hearings, with no idea what it will cost or how many people’s lives and health will be destroyed – is nothing short of shameful.

The bill now moves on to the Senate for consideration.

 

Attorney General Hector Balderas letter to Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Schumer: