Steve Pearce Silent on Bill to End Health Coverage for 230,000 New Mexico Residents, Blow $1.3 Billion Hole in State Budget

Pearce Voted For Previous ACA Repeal Bill

As the Senate continues debate on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, extreme right-wing Republican Steve Pearce has been in hiding, refusing to take a position on this dangerous plan that would hit New Mexico’s families and budget hard—even after he voted for a previous repeal bill that would devastate the state.

Studies have found that if the Graham-Cassidy plan passes, New Mexico would lose $1.3 billion in health care funding by 2026. Additionally, 230,000 people in the state would lose their coverage entirely, while premiums and out of pocket costs would shoot up by $13,000 annually for a 60 year old New Mexican. But Steve Pearce has continued to duck and cover, refusing to take a stand on this bill that could devastate the state he’s running to lead.

“By refusing to speak out against this bill that would devastate New Mexico’s families and budget and voting for a previous bill to take away healthcare from hundreds of thousands in the state, Pearce has made clear that he puts extreme right-wing party politics ahead of the welfare of New Mexico,” said Richard Ellenberg, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “New Mexico families deserve a Governor who will stand up for our state, and it’s clear Steve Pearce puts his extreme agenda ahead of New Mexicans.”
###