Answering your Facebook Comments and Tweets

May 15, 2017

I’ve received many comments and questions in letters, phone calls, and emails regarding the plan to repeal and replace the American Healthcare Act (Obamacare) with the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the protection of our national monuments, and my work in New Mexico’s Second Congressional District.

We’ve seen and heard a lot of misinformation being shared online and sparking debates on social media, which is why I’ve taken this opportunity to address some of your biggest concerns. As your representative, it is my job to ensure that you have all the facts so that we can work better together to bring greater opportunity to New Mexico.

“How is it better????? The CBO predicted that that bill would lead to nearly double the number of uninsured – 52 million – by 2026.”

Facebook Comment from May 4, 2017

It’s no secret that our nation’s health care system is in complete collapse due to Obamacare. People are dropping insurance because they either couldn’t afford the deductible or their costs were increasing too rapidly. 16 of the 23 co-ops nationwide are bankrupt. Premiums have increased over 40% on average, and over 100% in some states. 41 states saw average deductibles increase last year, 17 of which are facing double-digit rate increases. 

It is true that the CBO score highlights that as many as 52 million Americans could be uninsured in 2026 under this plan. The CBO does stipulate up front that due to the AHCA removing penalties associated with not being covered, many of these individuals will be uninsured as a choice, not as a result of no options being available. However, all of this is simply a guess. This estimate is solely a worst case scenario of actions upon the enactment of the AHCA. For example, when determining the number the CBO stated that as a result of AHCA, “some states that would have expanded eligibility [for Medicaid] in the future would choose not to do so.” This assumption is not based on fact, data, or any science. It is solely a guess.

“I'm particularly glad that although you have no problem taking health coverage away from your constituents, you have ensured that the healthcare of you and your staff is preserved.”

Facebook Comment from May 4, 2017

Under Obamacare, Congressional offices were provided with the option to have employees enter the exchanges, or stay on the federal benefit plan. Since day one, our staff has gone through the exchange for coverage like the rest of the American people. Additionally, prior to the vote on the AHAC, the House passed a bill that would remove this provision requiring all of Congress to enter the exchange.

“How are you going to protect people with pre-existing conditions????????????????”

Facebook Comment from May 4, 2017

The AHCA does not remove the requirement to cover pre-existing conditions. In fact, an amendment added to the bill states that: “Nothing in This Act shall be construed as permitting health insurance issuers to limit access to health coverage for individuals with preexisting conditions.” To ensure plans for people with pre-existing conditions remain affordable, an additional $8 billion is being provided to states to assist in reducing cost on these plans.

“7,000,000 veterans stand to lose healthcare. Rep. Pearce, why do you hate veterans?”

Facebook Comment from May 5, 2017

As a veteran myself, I work every day to honor the sacrifice and service of our military men and women. Our nation must do all it can to provide these individuals and their families with the highest quality care. The AHCA, first and foremost, will not kick anyone off the coverage they currently have. Some have questioned whether veterans who are eligible for healthcare through the Department of Veterans Affairs would still be eligible for tax credits under the new law. This is a valid question that the Senate to examine closely. Should the text include a technical error on this issue, the Senate should amend the text to solve it.

“Why would you think it's okay to defund Medicaid?”

Facebook comment from May 8, 2017

I do not think it’s okay to defund Medicaid. This new plan would allow Medicaid funding to the States to be determined on a per-capita basis, meaning states will receive funds based on its population. This would benefit a State like New Mexico over the alternative block grant model.

Did you know?

   - $100 billion is being provided to states to help low-income Americans access affordable health care.

   - $79 billion is being restored to hospitals who provide a high proportion of care to the most vulnerable, including those on Medicaid and Medicare.

“Tens of thousands of visitors have come to southern New Mexico since the monument [Organ Mountains] was established. This is a much needed economic boon to our area!”

Facebook comment from May 2, 2017

I agree, and I have always supported preserving the beauty of our nation’s natural lands and resources. The Obama Administration, and the Administrations before it, repeatedly abused the Antiquities Act by creating expansive national monuments that blatantly disregarded input from local communities and governments that are directly affected by these designations.  New Mexicans, and folks all across the nation, deserve to have access to federal lands for recreational use, hunting, grazing, and the economic opportunity that comes with it.  We all share the common goal of preserving the beauty of our lands for generations to come, but responsible conservation efforts must consider input from surrounding communities and the local economies that are affected. 

“You got elected on conservative principles. You can get un-elected on "progressive" one's too. Keep the promise of full repeal that the GOP party made.”

Facebook comment from May 2, 2017

I promised that I was going to work to repeal and replace Obamacare with a better plan that brings affordability, choice, and greater flexibility to the marketplace in New Mexico. While this plan isn’t perfect, it keeps our healthcare system from totally collapsing. There is much more work to be done before we can confidently say we have repealed and replaced Obamacare, and I will continue to represent the people of New Mexico in this fight.

“@RepStevePearce Still your mail box is full.  When is your townhall scheduled in Las Cruces?”

Tweet from May 7, 2017

My office has received a high volume of calls over the last week. Since February, I’ve hosted in-person town hall meetings in Las Cruces, Ruidoso, and Hobbs. I’ve also conducted two telephone town halls so that I can reach people from all across my expansive district. This is an extremely beneficial way to reach thousands of my constituents at once so that we can discuss the issues that affect their everyday lives. I will continue to hold in-person meetings with communities throughout New Mexico’s Second Congressional District.