November 18, 2019 Press Releases

Kelly Campaign: Disappointing McSally still can’t be honest on pre-existing conditions


In an interview with Fox 10’s John Hook that aired over the weekend, Senator McSally once again tried to mislead Arizonans about her health care record when asked to respond to a clip of Mark Kelly saying that protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions were under threat. The clip was from a previous interview Kelly had done with Hook.

Here is a transcript of that exchange:

KELLY: I’m somebody who has experience dealing with like a health care crisis, the situation with Gabby. And I think all of us, everybody in our country, deserves good health care that they can rely on when they need it the most. That they’re not going to lose because in the case of her son, having a pre-existing condition, he could potentially lose his health care coverage.

HOOK: Okay my bad that was on health care. Do you want to respond to that?

MCSALLY: Oh I absolutely do because look that is a lie that is based on fear.

Here’s the truth:

  • Senator McSally has voted multiple times to eliminate and undermine protections for Arizonans with pre-existing conditions.

  • Just a few weeks ago, Senator McSally voted to defend an expansion of junk healthcare plans that the AARP has criticized for allowing insurance companies deny coverage to individuals with a pre-existing condition.

  • Additionally, a federal court is expected to rule any day now in a lawsuit that could completely eliminate these protections. Senator McSally voted for a provision that paved the way for the lawsuit, yet has said it’s “not her role” to weigh in on the lawsuit.

“It’s disappointing that Senator McSally still can’t be honest with Arizonans about the impact her policies and votes would have on their health care and protections for people with pre-existing conditions,” said Jacob Peters, Kelly campaign spokesperson. “The truth is that Senator McSally has voted repeatedly to allow insurance companies to discriminate against Arizonans with pre-existing conditions.”