December 20, 2019 Press Releases

Reminder: McSally’s GOP Tax Law Vote Paved The Way For Republicans’ Ongoing Health Care Suit

Reminder: McSally’s GOP Tax Law Vote Paved The Way For Republicans’ Ongoing Health Care Suit
PHOENIX — Two years ago this week, Martha McSally voted to pave the way for Republicans’ ongoing lawsuit to end pre-existing condition coverage protections, with her support for the 2017 GOP tax law.

At the time, McSally called the tax law a “must-pass” bill, even though it was projected to send more than 80 percent of the benefits to the richest 1 percent of Americans and large corporations. Those projections appear to have been accurate: According to one report, 91 highly-profitable, Fortune 500 companies paid zero $0 federal income tax in 2018, under the law. Meanwhile, CEO pay has skyrocketed, but working people haven’t received the same benefits.

Now, Republicans are using a provision of the tax law as the basis of their lawsuit to strike down health care coverage protections for people with a pre-existing condition.

On Wednesday, a federal court of appeals ruling kept that suit alive, as Republicans continue with efforts that would drive up health care costs and jeopardize coverage for millions of Arizonans.

Like the 2017 tax law, a Republican victory in the lawsuit would be a disaster for Arizona, but a big giveaway for McSally’s corporate health care industry donors. For example: McSally’s health insurance industry backers would no longer be obligated to provide Essential Health Benefits — such as prescription drug and maternity coverage — or to cover people with a pre-existing condition.

Perhaps, then, it’s unsurprising that McSally doesn’t believe it’s her “role” to oppose her party’s lawsuit, which she’s stood by for months.