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There's fresh hope for N.M. health care

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By Hal Rhodes

Freshman Texas senator, Republican Ted Cruz, wasted a lot of the U.S. Senate’s time last week on a phony filibuster lambasting “Obamacare.”
Meanwhile, New Mexicans, along with most other Americans, are now able to shop for health insurance with much greater information about the costs of premiums and the range of coverage available to them than ever before.
Today, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act kicked in whereby health insurance exchanges in every state make it easier for people to obtain what ACA’s title promises, affordable health insurance.
Granted, critics of “Obamacare,” as the ACA has come to be known, have so thoroughly confused the issue that many among us range between horrified and mystified when the subject comes up.
But like it or not, with the advent of these state-based health insurance exchanges, a big step has been taken toward something akin to comprehensive and comprehensible health care coverage in New Mexico and elsewhere in the country.
Forget all the balderdash with which we have been bombarded, health insurance exchanges are simply markets to which individuals and families seeking insurance can go to compare the coverage options available to them through the various private insurers and to weigh the relative costs the various options carry.


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