May 4, 2019 Press Release

McSally Still Backs Efforts To Gut Pre-Existing Condition Protections

Two Years After the AHCA, McSally Still Backs Efforts to Gut Pre-Existing Condition Protections and Increase Arizonans’ Health Care Costs

It’s the two-year anniversary of Sen. Martha McSally’s “let’s get this fu*king thing done” vote to pass the American Health Care Act, and she’s continued to enable and support Republican attacks on Americans’ health care access

The McSally-championed AHCA would have gutted consumer protections for people with pre-existing conditions, increased Arizonans’ health care costs, and imposed an “age tax,” letting insurance companies charge older Arizonans more

PHOENIX — Let’s get this “fu*king thing” done. Those were Sen. Martha McSally‘s words two years ago, today, as she rallied her fellow House Republicans ahead of her vote to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a bill to: 

  1. Gut protections for nearly 2.8 million Arizonans with pre-existing conditions; 
  2. Increase health care premium costs for Arizonans; 
  3. Threaten health insurance coverage for more than 400,000 Arizonans covered under AHCCCS; and, 
  4. Impose a so-called “age tax” that would let insurance companies charge older Arizonans more for coverage, according to the AARP.

Fortunately for millions of Americans and Arizonans, the U.S. Senate declined to take up the McSally-championed AHCA, as written. But that doesn’t mean that McSally and the rest of her party have given up trying to gut vital consumer protections.

Just last week, President Donald Trump pledged, “Now we’re going for the rest [of the Affordable Care Act],” and given that McSally has since 2012 explicitly campaigned on repealing the Affordable Care Act — not to mention her consistent refusal to stand up to her own party on health care — there’s no question that McSally would support yet another push to gut the Affordable Care Act.

And then there’s Republicans’ push to legally dismantle the Affordable Care Act and strike down the law’s consumer protections — including its coverage protections for people with pre-existing conditions. The Trump Administration this week adopted an even “harder line on health care,” joining a coalition of Republican Attorneys General — including Arizona AG Mark Brnovich — in their push to have the health care law and its protections legally invalidated. For her part, McSally appears to be supportive of that effort, insisting, “That’s their decision.”

Martha McSally and Washington Republicans’ goal is clear: They will not stop until they tear down the Affordable Care Act and dismantle its protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

“Arizonans deserve a U.S. Senator who will fight for them, and Martha McSally has spent her entire political career trying to rip away health care access from millions of Arizonans and gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions,” said Brad Bainum, Arizona Democratic Party spokesperson for the 2020 Senate race. “Martha McSally can’t change her long record of voting to take away Arizonans’ health care access, but Arizonans can and will vote to replace her with a Senator who will work for Arizona, not corporate special interests.”