November 22, 2019 Press Releases

McSally-Backed “Junk” Insurance Plans Get Another GOP Boost

Washington Republicans Again Push McSally-Backed “Junk” Plans
That Let Insurance Companies “Deny Coverage To People With Pre-Existing Conditions”

PHOENIX — Washington Republicans are stepping up their efforts to push Americans toward enrolling in Martha McSally-backed “junk” health insurance plans that let insurance companies discriminate against older Americans and people who have a pre-existing condition, according to a new report. According to the Washington Post

“The Trump administration is encouraging consumers on the Obamacare individual market to seek help from private brokers, who are permitted to sell short-term health plans that critics deride as ‘junk’ because they don’t protect people with preexisting conditions, or cover costly services such as hospital care, in many cases […] Short-term plans were once barred from the exchanges because they were considered inadequate coverage and do not meet the insurance requirements laid out under the Affordable Care Act.”

In October, McSally voted to defend an expansion of such “junk” plans — even though the AARP opposes the plans because they let insurance companies “deny coverage to people with preexisting conditions” and even charge older Americans more for coverage, which the AARP calls an “age tax.”

Despite Martha McSally’s latest attempts to mislead Arizonans, her record of voting with her health care industry backers at the expense of Arizonans is clear — and it’s a long record of voting to increase premiums and gut coverage protections.

Read more from the Washington Post.