July 11, 2019 Press Release

WATCH: Arizonans, DNC Chair Speak Out Against Sen. McSally, GOP Lawsuit

WATCH: Arizonans, DNC Chair Speak Out Against Sen. McSally, GOP Lawsuit 

“Republican members of both the House and Senate have repeatedly acted in the interests of corporations and lobbyists to sabotage health care, and Martha McSally is absolutely no different.” –Steve Gomez, Arizona parent of a child with a pre-existing condition

PHOENIX — Arizona health care advocates yesterday joined DNC Chair Tom Perez to respond to oral arguments in the Republican lawsuit to dismantle federal coverage protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions.

Perez and the health care advocates called out by name U.S. Sen. Martha McSally for standing by the GOP lawsuit that aims to end coverage protections for 2.8 million Arizonans with pre-existing conditions.

Asked about the lawsuit, Sen. McSally has refused to stand up for Arizonans, insisting, “It’s not my role” to object to the suit. Yesterday, McSally again declined to stand up to her party and fight for Arizonans’ health care access, once more refusing to weigh in on the lawsuit, even though it would jeopardize health care coverage for millions of Americans across the country, including 2.8 million Arizonans who have pre-existing conditions.

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Selected remarks excerpts, as delivered:

“Republican members of both the House and Senate have repeatedly acted in the interests of corporations and lobbyists to sabotage health care, and Martha McSally is absolutely no different. As a representative for the state, for her district, she has always sided with President Trump over protecting the people she’s supposed to represent. As a Senator, she has a duty to oppose the lawsuit before it ends their coverage protections. However, we know that the likelihood of her growing a backbone and standing up for what’s right is pretty much slim-to-none.” –Steve Gomez, Arizona parent of a child with a pre-existing condition

“We’re here today because one of your Senators, Senator McSally, is complicit in this effort to undermine access to health care for so many people. Trump and the Republicans are trying to do in court what they failed to do in Congress: repeal our entire health care law.” –DNC Chair Tom Perez

“[Republicans’] irresponsible actions have already caused premiums to increase, and they continue to threaten protections for people with pre-existing conditions […] If the ACA goes away, it will mean 2.8 million Arizonans — including almost 400,000 children — will lose protections for their pre-existing conditions. Insurance companies could then just decide to deny coverage, they could drop your coverage, or they could charge you more because of a pre-existing condition.“ –Rep. Kelli Butler (LD 28)

“We don’t want to go back there — we don’t want to go back to the days when people could get denied insurance over a pre-existing condition.” –Dr. Larry DeLuca, emergency room physician

“We need to ensure that every Arizonan, every American has the ability to have their health care needs met. Not only is it the human thing to do, it’s the prudent thing to do. When Senator McSally was appointed a Senator to represent Arizona, she took on the stewardship of every person who lives in this state, and we have to ensure that we are meeting the needs of every Arizonan. And overwhelmingly, we know that continuing the Affordable Care Act is in our best interests.” –Rep. Jennifer Longdon (LD 24)

WATCH the full event here.