Governor Martinez Chooses Republican Policies Over Law That Helps New Mexicans

Law Passed By Democrats and Signed By President Obama Continues to Help New Mexicans

New Mexico – Today, Governor Martinez backed away from an opportunity to stand up for the thousands of New Mexicans who now have health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and instead chose to stand behind a Republican agenda that will hurt the state. Earlier today, it was reported that Governor Martinez sent a letter to Republican lawmakers about the repeal of the ACA, but immediately refused to claim the letter and came out strongly against the law.

“Once again, Governor Martinez chooses the failed Republican agenda over New Mexicans,” said Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “Our state has benefitted immensely from the Affordable Care Act—more New Mexicans are insured and our state has a booming health care sector that helps build our economy. If Governor Martinez wants to back track all of that, then she obviously has the wrong priorities for New Mexico.”

In New Mexico, approximately 15,000 young adults under the age of 26 have benefited from the law, 82,000 New Mexicans gained coverage through Medicaid, and New Mexicans with preexisting conditions can no longer be discriminated against by health insurance companies according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Governor Martinez continues to stand against the ACA, also known as Obamacare, even though the policy benefits many New Mexicans who would otherwise not have access to affordable health care. New Mexico’s health care sector is also a leader job creation during a time when the state suffers from the second highest unemployment rate in the country.

Reports state that this enrollment period, 35,633 people have signed up for health care coverage through New Mexico’s exchange, which was set up through provisions in the ACA. Overall, the country has exceeded enrollment records set last year as more and more Americans become accustomed to the greater transparency and choice the ACA has to offer.