Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement today on House Republicans' 37th attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
"Once again, House Republicans have shown that they are not interested in solving the real challenges facing our country. At a time when millions of Americans are struggling to find work and the sequester's arbitrary cuts are hurting our communities, House Republicans held the 37th vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
"House Republicans want to repeal a law that ends discrimination due to pre-existing conditions, allows students and young adults to gain coverage through their parents' plans, and provides free preventive care and lowers the cost of prescription drugs for seniors under Medicare. Repealing the Affordable Care Act would be especially harmful for Native American communities as it would undermine the delivery of health care to Indian Country and significantly reduce access to health services.
"Instead of trying to repeal a law that provides valuable patient protections and helps small businesses provide health insurance to their workers, the House should spend its time addressing job creation and repealing the sequester's damaging across-the-board cuts. Earlier this week, we found out 7,000 workers in New Mexico will be furloughed beginning in July, yet House Republicans have illustrated once again they would rather engage in political pandering than focus on the real challenges facing our economy."