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More Scenes From Los Alamos Rally For Healthcare

on June 18, 2017 - 11:01am

Dr. Tyler Taylor of Los Alamos spoke at the rally for healthcare Saturday at LAMC about common myths about healthcare that are used to confuse the debate. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos residents rally for healthcare Saturday near LAMC. Courtesy photo

Staff Report:

Saturday, New Mexicans rallied at 20 simultaneous events throughout the state to voice their concern over changes to the healthcare system that the “American Health Care Act “(aka Trumpcare) would bring if it becomes law.

Medical professionals and local elected officials spoke at the rally in Los Alamos near Los Alamos Medical Center about the GOP bill, lamenting what they called the secretive process of developing and debating the bill. The rallies were held this Saturday, in light of recent news that Senate Republicans will push a bill that has never seen the light of day by the end of the month.

Local physician, Dr. Tyler Taylor spoke to the crowd, saying, “It's extreme cowardice for the US Senate to not publicly debate what they want to do to our Healthcare System” and also talked about common myths about healthcare that are used to confuse the debate.

Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey also spoke in support of preserving the Affordable Care Act (aka Obama Care).

Participants at the rally voiced concern over losing their healthcare through the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which, as currently written would dismantle Medicaid expansion, remove protections for those with preexisting conditions, kick students off their parents' plans, and take away essential funding for rural health clinics. The Congressional Budget Office projections state that the bill would result in between 250,000 and 336,000 New Mexicans losing their healthcare coverage.

Los Alamos resident Elroy Miller spoke about the bill’s adverse effect on the healthcare system saying, “When you let cogs break in the machine you eventually have the entire machine breakdown.”

Scene from Los Alamos rally for healthcare Saturday near LAMC. Courtesy photo

Scene from Los Alamos rally for healthcare Saturday near LAMC. Courtesy photo

Scene from Los Alamos rally for healthcare Saturday near LAMC. Courtesy photo


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