Marco Serna Releases Health Care Position Paper

Third Congressional District candidate Marco Serna
SANTA FE Third Congressional District candidate Marco Serna has released his position statement on Health Care.
While highlighting the fact that the country has come a long way since 1912 when Theodore Roosevelt first proposed the idea of national health insurance, and in 2010 Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act, Serna said, “I believe everyone can agree that much still has to be done to ensure health care is provided to all Americans”.
“If for no other reason, we have allowed our country to be put at an economic disadvantage by refusing to deal with the issue of health care,” he said. Today we are spending over 18% of our GDP on health care, almost double the amount of what other countries spend.”
Citing statistics that show the American Health Industry is now worth $3,504 trillion and growing, Serna said, “It’s shocking to find that although Americans pay more money than the rest of the world for health care, mortality rates are higher than other developed countries. While pharmaceutical companies are making record profits, over 4 percent of Americans file for bankruptcy each year due to medical expenses.”
A report issued by the New Mexico Department of Health in 2018 titled, “State of Health in New Mexico,” was highlighted by Serna, and the report showed:
  • Life expectancy in New Mexico has decreased over the last three years due to drug overdose, motor vehicle injuries, heart disease, and infant mortality.
  • Thirty-two of New Mexico’s counties are declared “health professional shortage areas.”
  • New Mexico had the 12th highest drug overdose rate in the nation as of 2016.
  • In 2016 New Mexico had the fourth-highest suicide rate among all US States.
  • Of the 1.6 million adults aged 18 years and older in New Mexico, 235,000 have diabetes.
  • Drug rates among children are extremely high, relative to the rest of the US.
Serna outlined his HEALTH CARE FOR OUR FUTURE proposals:
  • I support Medicare For All Who Want It which allows the 149 million Americans who currently have health care insurance to keep it.
  • I do not believe that the Medical for All proposals that are supported by the majority of my opponents is a realistic approach to expanding health care. I cannot see the American public supporting a proposal that will cost upwards of $10 trillion over a ten-year time period.
  • To lower the cost of prescription drugs, I support allowing Medicare and Medicaid to negotiate bulk purchasing of prescription drugs.
  • I support allowing consumers to buy inexpensive drugs from foreign countries like Canada and Mexico.
  • I will fight to keep coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. 
  • I will fight to keep the ACA provision that allows children to stay on their parent’s plan until the age of 26.
Serna closed with a pledge to work tirelessly to improve upon the Affordable Care Act and bring meaningful health care reform to New Mexicans.