On This Day: GOP Tax Bill Set Up Suit To End Coverage Protections
Republicans’ November 2017 tax bill included repealing the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, a move that was at the time projected to:
- “result in 13 million fewer people having health insurance, according to projections from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office“; and
- “drive up insurance premiums for many Americans by roughly 10 percent.”
Since the tax law’s passage, Republicans have used the individual mandate’s repeal to launch Texas v. United States — which seeks to fully strike down coverage protections for the 2.8 million Arizonans who have a pre-existing condition.
Martha McSally — whose vote for the GOP tax law helped to spur her party’s lawsuit — has for months refused to stand up for Arizonans’ health care access and oppose the effort to end pre-existing condition protections. Instead, McSally has said “It’s not my role” to do so.
“Martha McSally’s vote for the GOP tax law paved the way for the latest Republican efforts to end pre-existing condition coverage protections,” said Arizona Democratic Party spokesperson Brad Bainum. “Now, McSally won’t stand up to her party and oppose the lawsuit. Arizonans won’t forget that it was her vote that enabled Republicans’ latest attack on Arizonans with pre-existing conditions.”