March 2, 2020 Press Releases

On GOP Suit, McSally Puts Insurance Backers First

As GOP Pushes Ahead With Lawsuit To End Pre-Existing Condition Coverage Protections, Martha McSally Puts Health Insurance Backers First

PHOENIX — Today, Republicans reached a new milestone in their ongoing legal effort to strike down pre-existing condition coverage protections, as the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear oral arguments in the case. While the lawsuit could have “serious” and “bad” consequences for Arizonans, U.S. Sen. Martha McSally voted to pave the way for the lawsuit in December 2017, and she has since then stood by the legal effort, saying it’s not her “role” to stand up for Arizonans’ health care.

“Martha McSally has repeatedly voted to increase premiums and let her corporate health insurance industry backers jack up prices on older Arizonans and people with pre-existing conditions,” said Brad Bainum, Arizona Democratic Party spokesperson. “So it’s no surprise that Senator McSally is standing by her party’s lawsuit that would end coverage protections and leave Arizonans at the mercy of predatory insurance companies.

In December 2019, McSally was caught on tape calling on outside groups to begin “muddying up the landscape” on her record of siding with her corporate insurance industry backers at the expense of Arizonans. Most recently, McSally in October voted to protect an expansion of AARP-opposed “junk” insurance plans that let insurance companies deny coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition and charge older Americans more for coverage.