March 23, 2015

Lujan Statement on Fifth Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today on the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act being signed into law.

“The Affordable Care Act is working, and it is having a real impact on the lives of the people of New Mexico.  For too long, New Mexico has ranked high on the list of the uninsured.  As a result of the Affordable Care Act, the number of uninsured New Mexicans has started to fall, decreasing by nearly 5 percent.  This means that thousands of families are no longer one accident or illness away from financial ruin.

“Five years after the ACA was signed into law, more than 16 million Americans who did not have health coverage now do.  In addition, 129 million Americans have the peace of mind of knowing that they will not be dropped from their plan or discriminated against because of a pre-existing condition.  Seniors are saving money on their prescription medicine, women can no longer be charged more just for being a woman, and no New Mexican has to fear hitting a lifetime limit on their health coverage.

“Moving forward, Congress should work in a bipartisan effort to strengthen the law and make improvements that will further lower costs and increase access to care for New Mexicans and the American people.”

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