DPNM Calls Out Trump On Three Years Of Broken Promises To New Mexicans With Preexisting Conditions

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DPNM Calls Out Trump On Three Years Of Broken Promises To New Mexicans With Preexisting Conditions

In response to the three year anniversary of Donald Trump’s broken promise to preserve protections for preexisting conditions, Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Marg Elliston released the following statement:

“Our health and economic security have never been at greater risk, yet Donald Trump continues to break his promise to preserve coverage protections for more than 860,000 New Mexicans with a preexisting condition. Instead, he has attempted to invalidate the Affordable Care Act, spike costs, and jeopardize New Mexicans’ health coverage. Trump is leading a reckless attack on working families when we can least afford it, and he’s going to feel the consequences in November.”

BACKGROUND ON TRUMP’S BROKEN PROMISES

Promise: On April 30, 2017, Donald Trump promised that his health care agenda would lower premiums and preserve protections for Americans with preexisting conditions:

  • “Preexisting conditions are in the bill. And I mandate it. I said has to be. So, we have — we’re going to have lower premiums.”

  • “But when I watch some of the news reports, which are so unfair, and they say we don’t cover preexisting conditions, we cover it beautifully.”

Reality: Trump’s agenda puts 6.3 million Americans with preexisting conditions at risk for higher premiums.

Reality: Three years later, Republicans are waging a campaign to fully overturn the Affordable Care Act. If they succeed, as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions could be denied coverage or charged higher rates — including more than 860,000 New Mexicans.

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