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.
We knew it wouldn’t take long for anti-choice zealots everywhere to start working to dismantle women’s access to healthcare under the new federal administration. Across the country, there have been reports of emboldened conservative groups rushing to pass repressive legislation. This week a national anti-choice group called Operation Rescue sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office “urging him to extend the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives into the next Congressional session.”
This was directly targeted at New Mexico. Earlier this year a house select committee, headed by arch-conservative Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tn), sent New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas a request to investigate clinics in New Mexico. (You’ll remember that Blackburn is that congresswoman from Tennessee that deals in right-wing conspiracies and shares a penchant with some New Mexico republicans for not disclosing her campaign finances.)
Discredited and denounced local anti-choice group Protest Albuquerque has immediately started spreading the word to their small group of supporters through their website and in newsletters, claiming that they’ll be staging “strategic protests” directed at the AG’s office.
Now that Melania Trump has given Michelle Obama’s convention speech and an underwear model/soap opera star has explained how he knows that President Obama is “absolutely a Muslim,” what’s next for Donald Trump’s RNC? A full day of all that crazy would have some thinking twice, but not New Mexico’s Republicans reports the Albuquerque Journal. “New Mexico delegates stand with Trump” was the front-page headline after Day 1 of the Cleveland Circus this week. Speeches on Day 1 highlighted the GOP’s commitment to helping “Muslims, Hispanics, African Americans, the poor, and the middle class.” Naturally, we know better and we aren’t letting that record go unchecked. Here’s your guide to Fact Checking Donald Trump’s Republican Convention, complete with New Mexico examples.
This note from our friends at NMARA about proposed cuts to Medicaid in the conservative budget before Congress:
Once again, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a budget that would turn Medicare into “coupon-care.” Congresswoman Lujan Grisham, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, organization partners and local residents who depend upon Medicare will speak out about the effect these cuts would have on them and on communities in New Mexico.WHO: Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham Ladonna Harris, Member, NCPSSM Board of Directors and President, Americans for Indian Opportunity Carter Bundy, AFSCME Political Director Don Manning, ARA Senior Representative Mandy Pino, Gray Panthers Rose Shaw, AlbuquerqueWHEN: Thursday, April 24th at 11:30 A.M.WHERE: AFSCME Hall Council 18 1202 Pennsylvania St. NE Albuquerque, NM 87110 Read more: Rally Against Medicare Cuts ABQ