McSally Still Standing By GOP Suit To Gut AHCCCS Coverage
“It’s not my role [to oppose the lawsuit]”: McSally is once again siding with her party and corporate special interest donors, instead of fighting for Arizonans’ health care
PHOENIX — While Washington Republicans scramble to delay the fallout from their toxic legal effort to tear down the health care law and gut pre-existing condition protections, Martha McSally continues to silently stand by the lawsuit, siding with her corporate special interest backers and party — even though Arizona’s AHCCCS expansion hangs in the balance.
Republicans’ lawsuit is “throwing the [health care] law’s future into question,” threatening to worsen health care access and affordability for millions of Arizona. But McSally insists that it’s not her “role” to fight for Arizonans.
In addition to gutting protections for individuals with a pre-existing conditions, the lawsuit would also reverse the expansion of state Medicaid programs like AHCCCS — risking coverage for the over 12 million Americans who gained care under state-level Medicaid expansions nationally.
Expanding AHCCCS — which covers 3 in 8 Arizona kids and 3 in 5 nursing home residents — gave about 400,000 more individuals health insurance coverage. And the AHCCCS expansion has also boosted Arizona’s community health centers, enabling them to offer additional and more comprehensive services, resulting in a superior quality of care. Cutting AHCCCS funding would also be devastating for mental health care access. According to CBPP, Medicaid provides “health coverage to 27 percent of adults with a serious mental illness.”
Now, all of that progress could be wiped away by Republicans’ lawsuit. And Martha McSally is once again siding with her party and corporate special interest donors, instead of fighting for Arizonans’ health care.