REPORT: McSally, GOP “On Edge” Over GOP Plans To Gut Health Care
PHOENIX — According to a new report, U.S. Sen. Martha McSally‘s fellow Republicans are “on edge” over their own party’s ongoing efforts to drive up health care costs and gut federal consumer protections — and they only have themselves to blame.
McSally and her Republican colleagues have every reason to be “on edge”: McSally lost the 2018 election because of her health care record, and she’s — ahead of the 2020 election — continued to stand by that long record of voting to increase costs and gut consumer protections, including protections for 2.8 million Arizonans with pre-existing conditions. And with a McSally-enabled Republican lawsuit to legally strike down pre-existing condition coverage protections making its way through the courts, the issue isn’t going away anytime soon.
Here are the key highlights from The Hill‘s latest reporting:
- Health care is “back on the political front burner.” “President Trump has put the issue of health care back on the political front burner, providing ammunition to Democrats and worrying Republicans who think a new battle over ObamaCare will hurt their party in next year’s elections.”
- Republicans like McSally have been blindsided by Trump, even as they stand by GOP legal efforts to strike down federal pre-existing condition coverage protections. “Republican lawmakers have little idea of what to expect and say there hasn’t been communication from the administration on the issue. ‘All the members of Congress thought it had subsided and hope that it continues to be subsided,’ one senior GOP aide said. ‘We don’t actually agree with each other on what replacement should be, which means we don’t have a replacement that Republicans can unite around,’ added the aide, who called Trump’s remarks a ‘political gift for Democrats.’”
- Republicans are fighting to “strike down all” of the ACA’s consumer protections, including protections for 2.8 million Arizonans with pre-existing conditions. “The administration filed a legal brief in May calling for an appeals court to strike down all of ObamaCare. This represented a switch, first revealed in March, days after special counsel Robert Mueller’s report was filed with the Department of Justice, from the administration’s earlier position that only portions of the law should be struck down.”
- Republicans themselves admit their efforts to gut health care access are “a mistake” — but they support the efforts anyway. “Many Republicans were caught off guard by the administration’s legal brief, which was widely seen in GOP circles as a mistake.”
- Democrats have an advantage over Republicans on health care policy. “Polls show why Republicans are nervous about ObamaCare. A Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll published earlier this month showed that 24 percent of respondents nationwide think health care should be the federal government’s top priority, and Democrats lead Republicans on the issue by 8 points.”
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