WASHINGTON, D.C. — As Senate Republicans unveiled their latest health care proposal, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) shared some of the stories he has received from New Mexico families on Medium, and released the following statement:
“Republicans' latest health care scheme threatens to throw our entire health care system into chaos. Nearly everyone will be subjected to higher costs for lower quality insurance, especially those with pre-existing conditions like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease whose costs could skyrocket and possibly lose access altogether.
“I have heard from thousands of New Mexicans who have told me how important health care coverage is to them and their families. Their stories emphasize the real lives that are at stake when the Medicaid program is destroyed as it currently exists, when rural hospitals have to close, or when funding for mental health and opioid addiction treatment is slashed. This is not a game. This is a matter of life and death. Yet, President Trump and Republicans continue to ignore their constituents who are saying loud and clear that it’s time to stop this train wreck in its tracks.
“I will do everything I can to oppose this appalling legislation and fight to keep quality health care accessible and affordable for all New Mexicans.”
Last week, Senator Heinrich held a press conference in Albuquerque with local and statewide advocates to highlight the damaging impact Senate Republicans' health care legislation will have in New Mexico, particularly in rural communities and for women, low-income families, children, and people with pre-existing conditions.