Reps. Gonzales, Armstrong Champion Bill in Response to President Trump’s Threats to Obamacare
N.M. House Democrats Promote Plan to Keep Quality, Affordable Health Care Accessible to New Mexicans
Santa Fe, N.M. - New Mexico House Democrats on Monday continued its work to protect New Mexicans from the disastrous policy changes threatened by the Trump Administration by championing the Health Security Act, HB 101, which begins establishing the necessary systems to keep health care affordable and accessible in New Mexico even if the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare is repealed.
The Health Security Act, sponsored by Representatives Bobby Gonzales (D-Taos) and Debbie Armstrong (D-Albuquerque) passed the House Health and Human Services Committee on Monday by a vote of 4-3.
“We cannot count on the Trump Administration to look out for the needs of New Mexicans,” said Representative Armstrong.“Obamacare has dramatically reduced the number of uninsured people in New Mexico and has provided expanded access to much-needed care. We must act now to ensure that if Obamacare is repealed, we are ready to help the thousands of New Mexicans who would be left without care.”
The Health Security Act, which has been introduced in various forms in the Legislature for roughly 20 years, specifically provides for a study of the feasibility of establishing a universal health coverage system and then, if feasible, would act to establish universal health coverage system for all New Mexicans.
“The Health Security Act is a responsible, reasonable and measured approach to identifying the health care needs of New Mexicans and ensuring that those needs are met,” Representative Gonzales said.“We will not let New Mexicans’ health care be held hostage by the administration. Health care access is fundamental to the well-being of everyone in our state. I am proud to sponsor this bill to help New Mexicans stay healthy.”
The Health Security Act now moves to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration before going to the House floor for a final vote.