On the Issues

Health Care

Martin believes that health care is a human right.

When Martin voted to pass the Affordable Care Act in 2010, he knew it was a critical step toward ensuring universal health care. New Mexico has seen incredible gains in health coverage and job growth in the health sector since the ACA went into effect.

But it is not nearly enough.

We live in the wealthiest country in the world, yet more than 200,000 New Mexicans still do not have access to quality, affordable health care, including 25,000 children.

This is unacceptable.

While Republicans claim to want reform, their attempts to dismantle our health care system would only kick millions off their insurance plans and result in higher costs with fewer benefits.

Martin knows that we must do better. We must do everything possible to address the skyrocketing price of care in our country and ensure universal access to quality, affordable care for all Americans. And that starts by fixing what is not working in our health care system, not dismantling it.

To rein in the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs, Martin is working to allow Medicare to negotiate for the best possible deal for prescription drugs, a no-brainer that will lower costs for seniors. Martin is also carrying a bill allowing reimportation of cheaper prescription drugs from Canada while ensuring the prescriptions have FDA oversight and are still safe.

Martin knows that by expanding programs that work – Medicare, Medicaid, and others – we can ensure that every American has access to the care they need and deserve.

Martin has:

  • Proudly voted for the Affordable Care Act and stood up to Republicans’ sabotage
  • Delayed the so-called Cadillac Tax on employee health plans that hurts middle-class workers until 2022, and continues to fight to eliminate this tax altogether
  • Passed a law to expand telehealth programs to benefit rural New Mexicans, making it easier for rural patients and primary care doctors to consult with specialists, and saving patients from hours of travel
  • Led the effort to reauthorize the Indian Health Care Improvement Act
  • Successfully held the Martinez administration accountable for its decision to upend New Mexico’s behavioral health system
  • Closed the prescription donut hole that forced our seniors to pay out of pocket for the medications they desperately needed