Friday, November 16, 2007
NM Interim Health & Human Services Committee Endorses Health Security Act by 10-1 Vote
From the Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign:
The New Mexico State Legislature's Interim Health & Human Services Committee endorsed the Health Security Act yesteray afternoon by a vote of 10-1, on a motion made by State Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino (D-Albuquerque).
This was the last scheduled meeting of the Interim Committee before the regular legislative session begins in January of 2008.
The Committee did not consider endorsing Governor Bill Richardson's universal health care proposal.
The Health Security Act has also been endorsed by 132 diverse organizations statewide, and by 27 New Mexico municipalities and counties, including Albuquerque and Las Cruces and Bernalillo and Dona Ana counties.
The Health Security Act sets up a health insurance cooperative that guarantees health coverage for most New Mexicans regardless of employment, economic or health status. It guarantees choice of doctor (even across state lines), a comprehensive benefit package, and would be run by an independent, non-governmental, geographically representative Commission.
The role of private insurance companies would be shifted to provide supplementary insurance, just as they did under the original Medicare.
Click to read more about the Health Security Act or Governor Richardson's universal health care proposal.
Martin Heinrich needs to make a firm statement on healthcare. Michelle Lujan Grisham has already stated that she doesn't think that a single-payer universal care bill can pass, and that she will settle for a bill that protect's patient's rights.
I will support a bill that protect's patients rights and patient's wallets. Healthcare related costs are the single largest factor in bankruptcies. For more healthcare facts and figures visit the following page: http://www.nchc.org/facts/cost.shtml
I support the Health Security Act for New Mexico unconditionally. There is no room for profit in healthcare. None whatsoever.
Compare what Martin says about healthcare (http://www.martinheinrich.com/issues/health) with what I am saying about healthcare (http://www.call4democracy.org/article.asp?AID=756)
Sincerely, and in Peace,
Candidate, US Congress, CD 1
Posted by: Jason Call | Nov 17, 2007 12:34:01 AM
Wow, that's shocking that the committee passed this. Another one for our side.
Posted by: Health Care for All | Nov 17, 2007 4:34:16 PM
This is really great news. someone else who was instrumental in getting that vote was Rep. Joni Gutierrez. She is one gutsy lady. Please thank her when you see her or give her a call. The fight has just begun with the start of the 30 day session. Please keep up the support by phone calls, emails whatever it takes. Thanks Stephanie DuBois
Posted by: Stephanie DuBois | Nov 19, 2007 1:52:42 PM