The Trump administration’s Department of Justice and Republican Attorney Generals yesterday filed briefs in California v Texas, a lawsuit that could undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA) leaving hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans without access to affordable health insurance. This is the latest in the Trump administration’s long history of attempts to repeal the ACA, a move that could leave 843,500 New Mexicans with pre-existing conditions subject to higher costs and lost coverage. Already, the Trump administration’s attacks on the law have caused New Mexican families to pay an average of $1,550 more in health care premiums.
Republican’s latest attacks on the ACA come even as our nation continues to battle a global pandemic, making the law more essential than ever. Even President Trump has been forced to use ACA provisions to stop the spread of COVID-19, including urging health insurers to make testing free by considering it an “essential health benefit.”
“Now more than ever we need to ensure that as many Americans as possible have access to quality affordable health care coverage,” said DPNM Chair Marg Elliston. “It’s inexcusable that even as a global pandemic threatens hundreds of thousands of American lives, the Trump administration continues to attempt to dismantle a law that has allowed so many New Mexicans to get coverage. Once again, Republicans have made it clear that they’re more interested in playing politics than in protecting New Mexican lives.”