New Mexico – In an email, Congressman Steve Pearce admitted that he voted for Trumpcare even though veterans may be negatively affected. In the email Pearce says, “Some have questioned whether veterans who are eligible for healthcare through the Department of Veterans Affairs would still be eligible for tax credits under the new law. This is a valid question that the Senate to examine closely [sic].”
“Congressman Pearce’s vote for Trumpcare negatively affects all New Mexicans. He put his political ideology ahead of the well-being of our veterans and voted for a healthcare bill before veterans’ concerns could be addressed,” said Richard D. Ellenberg. “Pearce owes it to all New Mexicans not to use ignorance as an excuse for voting against veterans. Democrats will be fighting for New Mexicans in the Senate to stop Trumpcare from hurting our families, and we call on the Martinez-Sanchez administration to speak out to support the healthcare of all New Mexicans.”
New Mexico has one of the highest rates of military service in the country, and a large population of veterans call our state their home. Estimates report that approximately seven million veterans would be ineligible for the tax credits under Trumpcare nationwide.
According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the uninsured rate for veterans fell by 42 percent. Provisions in the ACA benefit veterans in New Mexico, including Medicaid expansion and tax credits made available to veterans who elect to receive care outside of the VA.
Governor Martinez and Lt. Governor John Sanchez have not commented on the reports that veterans will lose health care if Trumpcare is implemented.