Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) desperately wanted to have the US Senate vote on healthcare repeal before the July 4th recess because he was afraid that healthcare supporters (everyone but the 12% of Americans who approve of the bill) would have time to organize opposition. It turns out he was right, and for good reason. As healthcare experts and advocacy groups learn more about the bill, the worse the plan looks for average Americans, including hundreds-of-thousands of New Mexicans who would lose access to care. Need a quick update? Here are three simple stats that explain just what the Republican Senate healthcare bill would mean to New Mexicans.
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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.