RIO RANCHO, N.M. (WR) — Democrat U.S. hopeful Ben Ray Luján launched a tv advert Tuesday touting his assist for increasing Medicaid whereas pointing to his father’s struggle with most cancers.

The industrial airing statewide highlights Luján’s father, the late Speaker of the New Mexico Home and former ironworker Ben Luján, and his entry to insurance coverage.

However the youthful Luján stated the shortage of reasonably priced well being care forces some New Mexico residents to make powerful selections to pay payments.

“When my dad was identified with most cancers, mother and pa had been lucky to have insurance coverage and excellent care for him throughout these making an attempt days for our household,” Luján stated within the advert. “That’s why I’ve labored in Congress to develop entry to reasonably priced, high quality healthcare, and why I’ll carry that struggle to the Senate to make sure each New Mexican can obtain the reasonably priced medical care they want.”

Luján’s Republican opponent, Mark Ronchetti, stated Luján helps a authorities takeover of well being care that may outlaw employer-based insurance coverage and restrict physician alternative.

“I’m proud to assist defending preexisting circumstances and insurance policies which is able to decrease the price of medical insurance, well being procedures, and prescribed drugs,” Ronchetti stated.

Luján and Ronchetti are looking for an open U.S. Senate seat in New Mexico.