June 29, 2020 Press Releases

Ahead Of Pence Visit, Arizonans Facing Spike In Coronavirus Cases Still Don’t Have Enough Testing, Staff, Or Support

For Immediate Release
Monday, June 29, 2020
Contact: Matt Grodsky, mgrodsky@azdem.org

Release: Ahead Of Pence Visit, Arizonans Facing Spike In Coronavirus Cases Still Don’t Have Enough Testing, Staff, Or Support

PHOENIX – As COVID-19 cases continue to spike across the state, Arizonans are still grappling with the devastating consequences of the Trump Administration’s chaotic pandemic response. Here’s what you need to know ahead of Mike Pence’s photo op tomorrow:

Promise: Yesterday, Mike Pence insisted that Arizonans “have the supplies and the support and the capacity to give people […] the level of care that any of us would want a family member to have.” [Face The Nation, June 28, 2020]

Reality: Arizona hospitals are on the verge of activating “crisis standards of care” due to a lack of essential medical supplies and are expected to hit surge capacity very soon. Meanwhile, Arizona is grappling with an overwhelming demand in testing as the virus continues to spread rapidly, leaving “health care providers and medical labs no longer able to meet testing demands.”

Promise: Less than two weeks ago, Mike Pence wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal falsely claiming that “there isn’t a coronavirus second wave” and that we were “winning the fight against the invisible enemy.”

Reality: Arizona is experiencing one of the worst spikes of coronavirus cases in the country, with over 70,000 confirmed cases, along with 1,579 known deaths.

Promise: In 2016, Donald Trump promised Arizonans he would make their health care “so much less expensive and just better in every single way.”  

Reality: The Trump-Pence agenda would threaten health coverage for more than 360,000 Arizonans just as coronavirus cases are surging while spiking costs and jeopardizing protections for people with pre-existing conditions — of which there are 2.8 million in Arizona. Even in the face of an unprecedented public health crisis, the Trump administration and its Republican enablers — like Attorney General Mark Brnovich — are hellbent on dismantling the Affordable Care Act and ripping away health care coverage protections from Arizonans in the middle of a devastating recession.

“Arizonans see through Mike Pence’s stunt and know that nothing he says tomorrow can spin his boss’s disastrous record of broken promises. Donald Trump’s chaotic coronavirus response has turned Arizona into ground zero for his failures of leadership, and our most vulnerable communities are paying the price. Right now, Arizonans are facing a public health catastrophe of Trump’s own making. We need tests, staffing, and support — not another cheap photo op,” said Matt Grodsky, Arizona Democratic Party spokesman.