Tribune-Star Editorial: Here we go again on health care

Cheryl Sanders
September 22, 2017

Republican leaders are operating under the notion that because they won the White House in the last election and that they control both houses of Congress that they are obligated to dismantle Obamacare at virtually any cost.

Anyone who has read anything about the Republicans latest plan to repeal Obamacare understands that at its core the plan cuts government spending on health care between 2020 and 2026, when the funding allotted in the current proposal would cease - and, we suppose, a new bill would need to be passed to supplement spending by the states, or a whole new system (Bernie's Medicare-for-all should be popular by then) will be put into place.

She noted that the bill would also repeal the Affordable Care Act's requirements for people to have health coverage and for large employers to provide it, requirements that she said "have harmed families and business owners".

But he acknowledged that it's hard to explain that to critics after the health care bill went down.

Adults who became eligible for Medicaid under the 2014 expansion in New Mexico would face new co-pays of $5 for doctor visits, $50 for hospital stays and surgeries, and $2 for prescriptions, in some cases.

For over 100 years we have fought for guaranteed health care. The amount depends on the household's income level and other factors. If approved, it would go into effect January 1, 2019.

GOP senators from states like West Virginia and OH - where Medicaid coverage was expanded to more people - face the prospect of supporting the loss of millions of dollars that help people afford medical coverage.

"These cuts can't be taken lightly", Estrada said. That's because the Cassidy-Graham bill would repeal federal subsidies for states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and granted subsidies aimed at helping people purchase health insurance.

The plan would cut USA spending on the Affordable Care Act's expansion of health coverage by about $81.6 billion through 2026, according to an analysis by consultancy Manatt Health.

The proposal "is cruel, and it's cowardly", said Rep. Miguel P. Garcia, D-Albuquerque.

Reynolds said at her weekly news conference she is joining 20 other governors in supporting the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson legislation being offered in the U.S. Senate that would repeal Obamacare and send federal money for the health care law to the states as block grants.

We will not stop fighting until every American has quality health care, and making that happen is a question of values, not affordability. Republicans Chris Collins of Clarence and Tom Reed of Corning are waiting to see whether the bill passes the Senate. "It can work. I believe right now this is the only vehicle that we have to address Obamacare that is failing". "The Graham-Cassidy TrumpCare bill brings us back to a time when the big insurance companies were allowed to charge New Mexicans more for being sick".

"I can tell you that all parties want to get to yes, so I'm cautiously optimistic because doing nothing is not an option", Reynolds said.

But "under most of these proposals", he said, "New Mexico loses".

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