June 27, 2019 Press Release

McSally Does Nothing Amid New Pre-Existing Condition Coverage Threat

McSally Does Nothing Amid New Pre-Existing Condition Coverage Threat

McSally’s Republican allies are fighting a legal battle to fully strike down federal coverage protections for 2.8 million Arizonans with pre-existing conditions as unconstitutional.

Now, a new court order is “throwing the law’s future into question” — while McSally continues to stand by her party

PHOENIX — new threat to federal coverage protections for 2.8 million Arizonans with pre-existing conditions is “throwing the law’s future into question.” But U.S. Sen. Martha McSally has continued her refusal to stand up to her party and meaningfully protect Arizonans’ health care access.

Via the Washington Post:

A federal appeals court on Wednesday questioned whether more than a dozen Democratic states and the U.S. House of Representatives have the right to appeal a lower-court decision that struck down the entirety of the Affordable Care Act, throwing the law’s future into question.

A coalition made up of the Trump Administration and Republican state attorneys general — including Arizona AG Mark Brnovich — are set to make July 9 oral arguments in support of their claim that federal protections for people with pre-existing condition coverage are unconstitutional. 
 
According to experts, the federal appeals court’s latest move may suggest a hostility to the health care law and prelude an unfavorable ruling for Arizonans:

“More generally, this order suggests that the Fifth Circuit panel may be hostile to the ACA and inclined to support the red states,” Nicholas Bagley, a University of Michigan law professor, wrote on Twitter. “The odds that the Fifth Circuit does something nasty to the health-reform law have gone up.”

While her GOP allies advance their lawsuit, Martha McSally has refused to stand up for Arizonans with pre-existing conditions — no surprise, given her long record of voting to gut such protections.

Instead, McSally has suggested that it’s not her responsibility to weigh in on the lawsuit, saying, “That‘s their decision,” and insisting that “It’s not my role” to object to an effort to strip hundreds of thousands of Arizonans of their health care access.

“Don’t hold your breath for Martha McSally to suddenly start standing up for Arizonans’ health care access,” said Brad Bainum, Arizona Democratic Party spokesperson for the 2020 Senate race. “McSally has always put her party and big donors first on health care policy, consistently selling out Arizonans with her long record of voting to increase health care costs and gut coverage protections for 2.8 million Arizonans with pre-existing conditions.”