What Martha McSally’s New Health Care Video Doesn’t Tell You
PHOENIX — In a new campaign video, Sen. Martha McSally claims that her years-long effort to increase health care costs and gut Arizonans’ pre-existing condition coverage protections by repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “isn’t about repealing Obamacare.”
Sadly, McSally’s latest health care dodge is nothing more than a transparent distortion of her long track record of fighting to increase health care costs and gut coverage protections for nearly 2.8 million Arizonans with pre-existing conditions.
A look at McSally’s health care positions and actions, over time, reveals that McSally’s entire political career can be seen as an ongoing effort to increase health care costs and gut protections for Arizonans with pre-existing conditions:
2012 — As far back as McSally’s first run for Congress, she emphatically ran on repealing the ACA, including its consumer protections, a preview of McSally’s future votes to increases consumer costs and gut pre-existing condition coverage protections.
2014 — McSally again ran against the ACA and its consumer protections during her 2014 House run, and she soon got to work voting to increase Arizonans’ premiums.
2015 — During her first year in Congress, McSally voted “Aye” on H.R. 596, a bill to fully gut protections for Arizonans with pre-existing conditions and tear down the ACA, without a replacement. According to the Congressional Budget Office, repealing the ACA without a replacement, as McSally has voted to do, would double premiums in the individual marketplace and increase the number of uninsured Americans by 32 million people.
2016 — McSally twice voted in support of H.R. 3762, a measure that would have led to “higher average premiums,” left 22 million more Americans uninsured after 2017, and threatened coverage for more than 400,000 Arizonans covered under AHCCCS.
2017 — Perhaps most infamously, McSally, in 2017, said, “Let’s get this f*cking thing done,” then voted “Aye” on H.R. 1628, the AHCA repeal plan which would have spiked premiums, gut protections for nearly 2.8 million Arizonans with pre-existing conditions, and imposed an “age tax,” letting insurance companies charge older Arizonans more for coverage.
Also in 2017, McSally voted in support of the Republican tax law, which repealed the ACA’s individual mandate, laying the groundwork for Arizona AG Mark Brnovich and Washington Republicans’ lawsuit to fully gut coverage protections for Arizonans with pre-existing conditions.
2018 — McSally continued to defend and stand by her long record of repeatedly voting to drive up costs and gut Arizonans’ health care access. But on the campaign trail, McSally sought to misrepresent the substance of her actions — which led to her being repeatedly called out (Example A, Example B, and Example C) and to McSally admitting she was getting her “ass kicked” for her AHCA vote. Ultimately, McSally’s health care misdirection failed miserably, and Arizonans rejected her record at the ballot box.
2019 — McSally has continued to stand by and run on her long record of fighting to increase Arizonans’ health care costs, and she’s even indicated that she supports her Republican allies’ lawsuit to gut pre-existing condition coverage protections, calling it “their decision.”
“Martha McSally has repeatedly voted to increase health care costs and gut pre-existing condition coverage protections, and now she even supports a lawsuit to erase pre-existing condition coverage protections for 2.8 million Arizonans,” said Brad Bainum, Arizona Democratic Party spokesperson for the 2020 Senate race. “Arizonans rejected McSally’s long record of voting to increase health care costs in 2018, and they’ll do it again in 2020.”