Thursday, June 28, 2012

Gov. Martinez Likes Part of Obamacare

Gov. Susana Martinez does not agree with the "individual mandate" portion of the Affordable Care Act, but there's certain aspects of Obamacare she does like.

In case you've been in an isolation tank all day, the Supreme Court this morning upheld the law. Martinez was asked today whether she agreed with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney that the law should be completely repealed.

Her answer:

"You know, what I think is important is that we provide a system that is, um, available to those that are most in need. Making sure that we have, are not forcing families to buy something, that they can’t afford. But, by the same token, I think there are parts of it, for example, you know being allowed to have your child, um, until they are 26, insure them. They are going to college, etc., I think that’s a good thing. I think the pre-existing conditions, you know, we want to make sure that were taking care of people. So, I want to make sure that, is it in its entirety, or are there parts of it that we can keep, to make sure that we’re taking care of that very needy population."

The Obama campaign sent out a news release linking to an edited version of this video by Capitol Report New Mexico. (It leaves out the part where she slams the individual mandate as a "tax" many people can't afford.) Here's the complete video