May 28, 2020 Press Releases

McSally GOP “Has No Plan”—Except Ending Health Care Protections

Report: Martha McSally’s GOP “Has No Plan” — Except For Ending Health Care Coverage Protections

PHOENIX — A new report highlights that Senate Republicans, including Martha McSally, have “no plan to help millions of Americans losing health insurance” during the pandemic.

Republicans are also still fighting out a lawsuit to fully dismantle coverage protections in order to let insurance companies increase prices on older Americans and people with pre-existing conditions.

If Republicans succeed in striking down the coverage protections, the Associated Press reports that “people who recovered from COVID-19 and tried to purchase an individual health insurance policy could be turned down, charged higher premiums or have follow-up care excluded from coverage.”

McSally says it isn’t her “role” to oppose the lawsuit — even though 2.8 million Arizonans have a pre-existing condition.

HuffPost: Senate GOP Has No Plan To Help Millions Of Americans Losing Health Insurance During Pandemic

By Tara Golshan, 5/27/20

  • “As millions of Americans slip into unemployment and lose their health insurance during a public health crisis, Senate Republicans still see no need to act on health care.”

  • “More than 36 million people have filed for unemployment benefits due to the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, meaning millions will be left without health insurance. In mid May, left-leaning think tank Economic Policy Institute estimated 16.2 million people have lost health insurance once provided by their employer — how roughly half of Americans get their health insurance. That number could be as high as 26.8 million if those who lost their jobs don’t sign up for other coverage, the Kaiser Family Foundation found.”

  • “But the Republican majority in the Senate isn’t interested in pursuing additional emergency relief for those who suddenly find themselves uninsured.”

  • “Health care has been a politically damaging issue for Republicans, who before the pandemic repeatedly attempted to repeal Obamacare, end Medicaid expansion and significantly cut Medicaid funding. The Trump administration has continued to support a GOP lawsuit to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and pushed an effort to add work requirements for Medicaid.”

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