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.
New Mexico’s Senators are making their opposition to President Trump’s most extreme nominees known. Today, Sen. Udall announced his opposition to Trump’s nominee to head the Dept. of Health and Human Services who will be the chief architect of the repeal of Obamacare. Read More:
ProgressNowNM’s coverage of Trump’s nominees and Sen. Heinrich & Udall
NM Political Report: How New Mexico’s U.S. Senators voted on Trump’s nominees
Udall to Vote Against Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he will vote against confirming Congressman Tom Price (R-Ga.) as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Udall released the following statement:
“During his long career in Congress and in his testimony before the Senate, Congressman Tom Price has been relentlessly committed to a radical agenda that would strip health coverage from hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans and millions of Americans.
Planned Parenthood inches ever closer to being defunded as part of the GOP’s gleeful plan to dismantle Medicare, Medicaid, and gut the Affordable Care Act. As soon as President-elect Trump takes office, 40% of Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer-funded budget could vanish, leaving hundreds of thousands of women without health care (or access to a safe, legal abortion). Women aren’t the only ones at risk. There are health concerns that impact men only – Planned Parenthood provides services for them as well. Men are also at risk when it comes to the loss of Planned Parenthood funding.
The US Supreme Court sent a clear message to Republicans in Congress this morning: Obamacare is here to stay. Chief Justice John Roberts joined 5 other traditionally more liberal justices in upholding provisions that provide subsidies for low and middle-income Americans who seek health insurance through state-based exchanges. “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” Chief Justice Roberts said in the majority opinion. He was joined by Justices Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan. Today’s decision the Supreme Court has dealt a major blow to Republican efforts to invalidate the president’s signature domestic policy achievement, to date.
Former Governor Bill Richardson has a message for Governor Susana Martinez:
“It’s time Gov. Susana Martinez stopped running for office and start governing the state she was elected to lead.” That’s the message he penned in a scathing op-ed in today’s Albuquerque Journal. The entire thing is worth a read, but in case you are short on time, here’s the short version:
As the 2015 long session of the New Mexico Legislature quickens into full swing, she trots out the same tired issues of her limited policy playbook: drivers licenses and flunk-the-third-grade-slow-readers. And blame everything bad on the long-gone Bill Richardson administration… Clearly, the wishes of anti-labor boardrooms rank above working New Mexicans most in need for the governor.
State Senator Howie Morales has introduced the Health Security Act (SB 152), a bill that would set up a statewide, public health plan for all New Mexicans. Sen. Morales’ bill will be heard in the Senate Public Affairs Committee tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 1:30p in room 321. Look below for some background information on the bill from Health Security for New Mexicans, “a broad and growing coalition of over 145 statewide and local organizations representing diverse interests, including faith-based, consumer, labor, community, health professional, human rights, and environmental organizations; business owners; farmers and ranchers; and groups advocating for low-income New Mexicans and the homeless. Its mission is to establish a system of guaranteed comprehensive and affordable health care coverage for all New Mexicans.”
A sharply worded letter from Governor Susana Martinez to the Secretary of Health and Human Services cost New Mexico almost $100 million in funding to build out and run our state’s health exchange, and that has exchange staff scrambling to build a new exchange without any money. Staff of the health exchange (NMHIX) say that there appears to be no process to appeal or reapply and New Mexico appears to be the only state in the country denied funding to complete the build out of the state’s insurance exchange, publicly known as Be Well NM. New Mexico has already received $122.3 million from the federal government ($34.3M in 2011, $18.6M in 2013, $69.4 in 2014) to set up and run the exchange through the end of 2014. In November 2014, states were permitted to apply for additional funds to build out the remaining parts of their state-based exchanges and operate for three full years, beginning in January 2015. From NMHIX:
New Mexico is a hybrid Exchange through 2015 with the SHOP operated by the NMHIX and utilization of the federal platform for individual enrollments.
The latest RPNM email blast is a straight copy-paste of Koch’s opinion piece, illustrating how closely aligned the Republican Party (both national and state) is with the Koch Brothers’ ideals of unimpeded government de-regulation, the promotion of pseudo-science to justify continued dependence on dirty energy, and a maniacal obsession on gutting health care reforms (using lies and half-truths).