El Prospero: American Health Care Act is One Step in the Right Direction

May 30, 2017 Issues: Health Care

It has been a busy few months for Washington and New Mexico, and I’ve been hard at work fighting so that the unique needs of our state and our local communities are prioritized, and that our nation’s most vulnerable are protected. One key issue in the spotlight, is the plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.

When the first House Republican plan was introduced earlier this year, I was against it. It did not decrease the rising cost of premiums for New Mexicans, and overall affordability and access would only continue increasing. As someone raised in Hobbs, much like most of the rural communities in New Mexico, I could not allow that to happen to the well-being of individuals, families, and small businesses.

When Obamacare was passed, it promised the American people lower premiums, affordability, more choices, and greater access to care. The reality is, our nation’s health care system is in complete collapse due to Obamacare’s failed provisions. Across the nation, people are dropping insurance because they either couldn’t afford the deductible or their costs were increasing too rapidly. In fact, nationwide, Obamacare is failing more and more every day. Of the 23 co-ops established under the bill, 16 are bankrupt and now closed. People were seeing their premiums increase over 40% on average and over 100% in some states.

We experienced many of these negative affects in communities throughout New Mexico as well. Our state is in a tough financial position, as many of us know, and most of our communities are considered rural, with unique needs that urban communities don’t understand. For years, I’ve gone around to these communities hearing from many people who said they were forced to purchase insurance they either didn’t like, didn’t need, or couldn’t afford...

Read the full article on pages 10-11 in the El Prospero here