Save My Care – On The Move Through New Mexico

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The Save My Care Bus Tour visited Albuquerque and Las Cruces on Wednesday.
Faith leaders and other community members stood in opposition of congressional Republicans and their rushed effort to take away 266,000 New Mexicans’ health care.

The Save My Care Bus Tour is a two-month, cross-country tour focused on telling the stories of the more than 30 million Americans who will lose their health care under Congress’s dangerous repeal plan.

Members of Health Action New Mexico, AFSCME, ProgressNow New Mexico, New Mexico Voices, the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, AARP, SEIU, and Interfaith Worker Justice rallied to stand against Congressional Republicans’ plan to take health care away from 266,000 New Mexicans, in both Las Cruces and Albuquerque.

At the respective  events, health care advocates, religious leaders, and community members who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act shared their stories and urged Congress to protect affordable, quality health care.

The stories were varied and poignant.

Kathleen Chavez,  an Albuquerque resident said, “I’m a single mom with chronic migraines… People claim when you’re on Medicaid it’s because you’re lazy, but I’m here to break that misconception up.”

Rev. Robert Woodruff,of the Second Presbyterian Church reminded press conference attendees about what is at the heart of the health care issue. He said, “Often lost in the healthcare debate is a moral component. Is it morally right to ignore the health concerns of the less advantaged among us?”

In Las Cruces, Barbara Alvarez spoke of her preexisting conditions and how the ACA had positively impacted her life.

“If I did not have insurance coverage I would not be able to receive the medical care that I needed.” Alvarez said. 

Ken Lucero, of Senator Heinrich’s office, spoke to the crowd about the politics surrounding this situation and the approach being taken, one that in his words is unacceptable. Lucero said, “The ‘we’ll fix it later’ approach of Republicans just doesn’t cut it.”