Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico’s First District released the following statement yesterday after voting against H.R. 2667 and H.R. 2668, House Republicans’ 38th attempt to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act:
“Today marks the 38th time that House Republicans have voted to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act, yet they still refuse to allow a vote on a jobs bill. They’ve made clear that they would rather score political points while harming patients, doctors, hospitals and businesses than work on creating jobs and growing the economy.
“Without the Affordable Care Act, the almost 400,000 uninsured New Mexicans would not be able to access affordable health coverage through the insurance marketplace, and insurance companies would once again be able to deny coverage to the nearly one in four New Mexicans with a pre-existing condition.
“Let’s face the facts. The Affordable Care Act is a job creator. The Medicaid expansion alone will create an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 jobs in New Mexico and pump more than $5 billion into our state’s economy over the next six years.
“While House Republicans keep wasting time on bills that have no chance of becoming law, I’m proud to stand up for New Mexicans and Americans who need and deserve quality, affordable health care.”