Yvette Herrell Endangers New Mexicans with Pre-Existing Conditions

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Yvette Herrell Endangers New Mexicans with Pre-Existing Conditions

Today, a federal judge in Texas heard the first arguments in a case that could completely end the Affordable Care Act – including its protections for pre-existing conditions. Yvette Herrell says the ACA should be repealed, leaving 318,000 New Mexicans without health coverage and possibly unable to get coverage due to pre-existing conditions.

“Protecting people with pre-existing conditions shouldn’t be controversial, but Yvette Herrell seems to disagree,” said Joe Kabourek, Executive Director of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “We can’t let an extreme partisan like Yvette Herrell play politics with our health care when the lives of 318,000 New Mexicans hang in the balance.”

According to Protect Our Care, here are just some of the devastating nationwide impacts of overturning the Affordable Care Act:

  • 17 million more people could lose their coverage in a single year, leading to a 50 percent increase in the uninsured rate
  • Protections for 130 million people with pre-existing conditions, if they buy coverage on their own
  • Improvements to Medicare, including reduced costs for prescription drugs
  • Allowing kids to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26
  • Ban on annual and lifetime limits
  • Ban on insurance discrimination against women and people over age 50
  • Limit on out-of-pocket costs
  • Medicaid expansion currently covering 15 million people
  • Small business tax credits
  • Marketplace tax credits for up to 9 million people

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