June 8, 2019 Press Releases

McSally Is Failing Arizonans On GOP Health Care Lawsuit

Martha McSally Is Failing Arizonans On GOP Health Care Lawsuit

For the past year, the Trump Administration has formally advocated fully striking down federal protections for Arizonans with pre-existing conditions as unconstitutional

Sen. McSally has refused to stand up for Arizonans and oppose the lawsuit that she helped to enable

PHOENIX — It’s been one year since the Trump Administration filed a legal brief in Texas v. United States, calling for federal coverage protections for people with pre-existing conditions to be struck down as unconstitutional, and U.S. Sen. Martha McSally is failing Arizonans by refusing to take a stand against the lawsuit that she helped to enable.

McSally’s culpability dates back to December 2017, when she voted for the GOP tax law, which — in addition to sending 83% of its benefits to large corporations and the richest 1% of Americans — repealed a pillar of the health care system, providing Republicans with their justification for the lawsuit. And ever since the lawsuit was first filed, McSally has stood by her Republican allies’ position that federal protections for pre-existing condition coverage are unconstitutional and should be dismantled.

Whenever she’s been asked about the suit, McSally has made it clear that she won’t stand up for Arizonans, answering with platitudes like “That’s their decision” and insisting that “It’s not my role” to object — even though hundreds of thousands of Arizonans stand to have their health care access stripped away, if the Republican lawsuit is successful.

Martha McSally’s refusal to stand up for Arizonans and oppose the lawsuit is unsurprising. It’s consistent with McSally’s long record of voting to sabotage health care markets, increase health care costs, and gut coverage protections for nearly 2.8 million Arizonans with pre-existing health conditions — a record that Arizona voters rejected in 2018, but which McSally has nevertheless continued to embrace, ahead of the 2020 election.