September 21, 2017

Luján Says Gov. Martinez Right to Worry About Negative Impact of Newest Trumpcare Legislation on New Mexico

[WASHINGTON, DC] – Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) today said he believes New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez is correct in her concerns that the latest Republican-backed Obamacare repeal plan, known as the Graham-Cassidy bill, would have long-term negative effects on the people of New Mexico. Martinez, a Republican, recently expressed her opposition to the Graham-Cassidy bill saying it would “hurt” New Mexico.

“I agree with the Governor that the Graham/Cassidy bill will hurt the people of our state. The bill will take away protections for those with pre-existing conditions and increase costs for millions more – especially in states like New Mexico. It ransacks Medicaid and allows states and insurers to reinstate payment caps, and lifetime limits on care.” said Luján. “It also eliminates coverage for things like mental health and substance use treatment and penalizes older Americans by imposing an age tax that will dramatically increase premiums and other costs for people age 50 and older.”

Luján noted that earlier this week Senate Republicans and the Trump White House rejected a bipartisan approach that was being worked on in good faith, in favor of the Graham-Cassidy bill, and “are now trying to pass the worst version of Trumpcare yet -- with no score from the Congressional Budget Office as to its cost and no debate as to its merits.”

Lujan said that a recent report by outside health policy analysts showed that New Mexico stands to lose $10 to $50 billion in federal healthcare funding over the next ten years under this bill.

“More than half of the proposed cuts in the Graham-Cassidy legislation come from the Medicaid program – a move which will dramatically shift costs to the states. I am encouraged the Governor understands that our state cannot make up a hit to our budget of that magnitude,” said Luján. “She is right to be deeply concerned – as we all should be -- and I appreciate her speaking up on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans who will be harmed should this proposal be approved.