Last year, New Mexican state legislators nearly passed the nation’s first state-based universal health care program. The New Mexico Health Security Act, a bill which will be introduced again during 2019’s legislative session, would establish a single health plan covering around 1,800,000 New Mexicans. The Health Security Plan would cover people regardless of their income, employment, citizenship status, gender, and current health and would be administered by a public body comprised of people from all over the state. This commission’s decisions would be discussed and made in open meetings, and so would be accountable to grassroots demands. The New Mexico Health Security Act would democratize health care and weaken capitalists’ power over workers.
The New Mexico Health Security Act has been built by over 145 organizations during the last 18 years. This coalition includes labor unions, faith contingents, consumer advocacy groups, grassroots and community organizers, and blocs of doctors, nurses, and working class people. After members lobbied legislators and spoke at committee hearings during New Mexico’s 2017 legislative session, DSA Santa Fe voted to become a member organization of the Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign. Deepening our commitment to making health justice real, DSA Santa Fe resolved... (read more)