July 28, 2020 Press Releases

As In 2018, McSally Is “Misleading Voters” On Health Care

Just Like In 2018, Martha McSally Is “Misleading Voters” On Her Health Care Record

Three years after John McCain’s “thumbs down” vote stopped GOP efforts to dismantle health care coverage protections, McSally is a GOP Senate vote to gut health care

PHOENIX — In 2020, as in 2018, health care has been the “defining issue” in Arizona’s U.S. Senate race. And just like last time, Martha McSally is “misleading voters on where she stood on the most significant health care legislation,” as outlined in a new report from the Arizona Republic.

The Republic’s analysis comes on the three-year anniversary of when late U.S. Sen. John McCain voted to stop Senate Republicans’ “skinny repeal” plan to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. McSally has voted to gut health care coverage protections and is standing with her party’s lawsuit to let health insurance companies charge higher premiums for Arizonans with pre-existing conditions.

Though you wouldn’t know it from her “misleading” campaign ads, McSally has voted at least five times to undermine or repeal coverage protections for people with pre-existing conditions — including two months before McCain’s decisive 2017 vote, when McSally made her own headlines on health care: encouraging her Republican colleagues to “get this fucking thing done” and pass a bill to gut pre-existing condition coverage protections.

Despite the pandemic, McSally — who votes with her party 97% of the time — has offered her “tacit support” for Republicans’ ongoing lawsuit to fully dismantle the health care law and its coverage protections, even though 2.8 million Arizonans have a pre-existing condition.

“Martha McSally will say anything to get elected, but dishonest TV ads can’t change the reality that McSally has repeatedly voted to let insurance companies charge higher premiums for Arizonans with pre-existing conditions,” said Brad Bainum, Arizona Democratic Party spokesperson. “Despite the pandemic, McSally is still standing by her party’s lawsuit to eliminate coverage protections, and she’s a vote in the U.S. Senate to carry out her party’s dangerous repeal agenda.”

Read the coverage:

PolitiFact: Martha McSally: “Of course I will always protect those with preexisting conditions. Always.” (False)

Washington Post: Fact Checker: GOP senators in close races mislead on preexisting conditions

HuffPost: An Embattled GOP Senate Candidate Is Lying About Her Health Care Record — Again

New York Times: Republicans Say They Will Protect Pre-existing Conditions. Their Records Say Something Else.