New Mexico voters elected Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump in 2016. But that hasn’t stopped New Mexico’s lone Pro-Trump Congressman Steve Pearce from voting with Trump 93% of the time – including for the repeal of Obamacare and replacement with Trumpcare. Congress is on recess this week – home in their districts where they watch local news and hear from voters. We asked real New Mexicans to tell their own healthcare stories and what Pearce and Trump’s cuts – including to rural hospitals, reproductive care for women and Medicaid for a working mom and her child – mean to real New Mexicans. Watch these stories.
New Mexico is one of many states suffering from an opioid epidemic. Stories about states battling the grips of overdose and the overwhelming instances of treatment, hospitalization, and death of addicts have been the focus of national media lately.
Birth control has meant that women have more opportunity and better control over their own lives. We’ve made important progress for women’s health. The rate of unintended pregnancy is at an all-time low, thanks in part to expanded access to birth control. People in this country, and especially New Mexico, do not want to see that progress rolled back.
President Donald Trump wants his 100th day in office to be memorable. That milestone comes this weekend, but it might not be memorable for the reasons he wants. Funding for the Federal government ends on Friday and Trump is demanding that Congress pass a budget extension to fund two key campaign promises: building a border wall and billions in new military spending at the expense of state department and domestic programs.
If his big push goes anything like his Obamacare repeal, Trump won’t get his budget and that means Trump’s 100th day could be day 1 of a government shutdown. Top Trump officials push border wall as government shutdown looms https://t.co/YDMhPLBVPv pic.twitter.com/KLgACrZptG
— The Hill (@thehill) April 23, 2017
Earlier this month our own Gov. Martinez threw a fit and threatened a government shutdown if she didn’t get the budget bill she wanted. Now Trump is following suit, so we wanted to see what a shutdown would mean for New Mexicans.
Congress is set to be off for quite a bit of the month of April. According to the Washington Post, the House is only scheduled to be in session for EIGHT days this month. With all that time off, it’s likely we’ll see some of New Mexico’s congressional delegation back home and talking with constituents. Find events near you: ProgressNowNM’s Statewide Progressive Events Calendar
While we’re generally pretty happy with the job our congressional delegation is doing in Washington, it’s always good to be aware of what key issues our congress people and senators are working on. And in southern New Mexico especially, holding Rep. Steve Pearce accountable for the LACK of representation he gives us is absolutely key.
Report: TrumpCare raises NM premiums $2,521 (unless you are rich), Pearce’s constituents most likely to lose health care
New Mexico health insurance premiums are expected to rise an average of $2,521 – unless you make twice the state’s per-capita income, in which case you get a refund. Although Republicans in Congress rush to repeal Obamacare and replace it with TrumpCare before the analysis is complete, some data is already available. Two new reports released this week show the impact on the average American (and New Mexican). If you’re a millionaire, the AHCA gives you $50K. If you’re poor, it costs you $1,420
“The typical family making less than $10,000 will lose $1,420 if the Republican health care plan passes, a cut that amounts to almost one-third of their income.
Republicans’ new health-care bill is a mass transfer of income that cuts taxes for the wealthiest Americans while cutting federal benefits for the middle and working class. Just two provisions in the Republican plan would allow the richest households to pay an average of nearly $200,000 less under the GOP plan, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. The Washington Post, March 7, 2017
The Republican plan for health insurance works exactly the opposite from the way insurance is supposed to work. Under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), consumers pay less because premiums are set each year and your costs are capped if you get sick. And in New Mexico, making health care accessible has had a huge impact: the number of uninsured in New Mexico dropped by 41% under Obamacare and 33,000 New Mexicans get help paying for new coverage.
New Mexico Congressman Ben Ray Lujan took center stage this week in the effort to stop the repeal of Obamacare as he endured almost 30 hours of marathon Congressional hearings set by House Republicans. Some time after hour 27, Cong. Lujan took to Facebook to remind Americans that Democrats held 79 different bi-partisan hearings on the components of Obamacare before voting on the bill. Paul Ryan and Republicans have promised to pass their bill in just two weeks and set up two committee hearings stacked with solid conservative votes to pass it quickly. Lujan sits on one of those committees – the House Energy & Commerce Committee – where Democrats noted that Republicans moved forward to pass their bill without a fiscal assessment and against the objections of the AARP, a cohort of hospitals and health care providers and a growing group of Republican Congresspersons.
Gov. Martinez, clearly taking her cues from the Trump playbook, continues to live in her own little alternative-fact-laden universe.
[VIDEO] Rep. Steve Pearce takes cheap shots at ProgressNow NM at hard-to-get-to town hall where he didn’t really answer questions
Congressman Steve Pearce came back to his district (CD2) for a town hall event this past Saturday and ProgressNow NM was there and broadcasting LIVE on Facebook because he held it in Ruidoso, a village of 8,000 people two hours away from Las Cruces, the largest city in his district.
Guest blog from Josette Haddad – the Health Security for NM Campaign Communications Coordinator
The Health Security Act – HB 101 – is on the floor of the house and the vote for final passage will be taken tomorrow (Friday, February 24). The votes are tight so we need people to call their legislators now!! With the Affordable Care Act’s future in question, it is more important than ever for New Mexico to pass the Health Security Act (HB 101), which would create a New Mexico health plan that automatically covers almost all residents, provides freedom of choice of health care provider, including across state lines, and shifts private insurance to a supplemental role. We need your help so the bill can then move on to the senate. Please call your representative about this important legislation. Ask your friends, your family members, and others around the state to call their representatives too.