Pearce on Obamacare repeal: “stay healthy until you are old enough for Medicare”

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Congressman Steve Pearce today voted alongside 216 fellow republicans (the bare minimum) to strip away health care from MILLIONS of Americans, including over 250,000 New Mexicans.

He seems to be making good on his statement from a town hall in Las Cruces earlier this year where he suggested that “some people may just have to live until they can access health care through Medicare, a program accessible to people 65 years and older or with severe disabilities.”

Pearce had been a part of the holdout group of Republicans earlier this year that opposed Speaker Paul Ryan’s efforts for the initial repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Of course, Pearce’s problem with that initial plan was that it didn’t go far enough to remove coverage of people most in need.

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“The failing Obamacare system has reduced choices and increased prices in the state of New Mexico,” he said. “More than anything, I wanted us to come to an agreement on a replacement plan that would protect the most vulnerable in New Mexico, while returning choice and affordability to middle class families and the working class.

The new plan was pushed through the house and barely passed by one extra vote over what it needed to. There’s already a lot of resistance in the Senate and we’re thankful that our own Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall have already spoken out against the bill.

If “Trumpcare” becomes law: 

  • 24 million Americans will be stripped of health care coverage.
  • Medicaid will undergo unsustainable cuts.
  • Premiums on older Americans will skyrocket. 
  • Individuals with pre-existing conditions will be subject to faulty and expensive high-risk pools.
  • States can allow insurance companies to charge people more based on pre-existing conditions including pregnancy or for services for survivors of rape. 
  • Insurance companies will be able to institute lifetime limits on coverage, even on those with chronic illnesses. 
  • Planned Parenthood will be defunded, make it more difficult for millions of women to access critical health services.