June 3, 2019 Press Release

McSally In Trouble As Health Care Remains Top Issue In Arizona

McSally In Trouble As Health Care Remains Top Issue In Arizona 

“Health care was a huge issue in this past election, and it will be again.” –Arizonan Steve Gomez, as quoted in the Wall Street Journal

PHOENIX — A new report from the Wall Street Journal highlights that U.S. Sen. Martha McSally is set to face another U.S. Senate election centered on health care. That’s bad news for McSally, given her deeply unpopular health care agenda and her record of voting to increase health care costs and gut coverage protections that prevent insurance companies from discriminating against Arizonans with pre-existing conditions.

Last week, a Gallup poll found that health care costs continue to be Americans’ top economic concern, but that hasn’t stopped McSally from dismissing charges that she’s shifted as “fake news” and doubling down on her toxic record of voting to drive up costs and strip away Arizonans’ coverage.

Here are some key highlights from the Journal’s coverage, which sets up health care to be a dominant issue in Arizona’s 2020 Senate election:

  • Health care “looms large” ahead of Arizona’s 2020 Senate election. “Health care looms so large that many independent and suburban voters in swing states may back candidates based on plans to fix the system, rather than based on their usual party affiliation.”
  • On health care, voters trust Democrats over Republicans. “Already, in some states such as Arizona, many of these voters, who had previously backed Republicans, went instead for Democrats in the 2018 midterms. One major reason: health care.”
  • Health care defined Arizona’s 2018 Senate race. “Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema made health coverage a central part of her platform in the midterms and won in a tight race against Republican Sen. Martha McSally (who was later appointed to serve in the seat left vacant after the death of Republican Sen. John McCain). Health care was among the top three issues voters said were the most important in the race, according to a September poll by Suffolk University and the Arizona Republic.” 
  • If Martha McSally and her allies are successful, Arizonans will see progress wiped out and health care access gains threatened. “Arizona has seen gains under the Affordable Care Act. The number of uninsured individuals fell by 34% between 2010 and 2015, and about 400,000 people obtained coverage under the state’s expansion of Medicaid.”
  • With Republicans still trying to gut important consumer protections, “Health care was a huge issue in this past election, and it will be again.” “Steve Gomez, a self-employed project manager here, never thought much about health care until his 3-year-old son, Anthony, was born and needed a heart transplant […] The health law has been a boon for the Gomez family, because it eliminated maximum limits on the amount insurers would cover, so Anthony’s health costs were paid. Yet Mr. Gomez is unsettled over changes that may be coming. ‘I worry about it,’ he said. ‘Health care was a huge issue in this past election, and it will be again.'”

Read more from the Wall Street Journal.