June 9, 2020 Press Releases

McSally Again Misleads Arizonans about Pre-Existing Conditions, Has Voted to Gut Protections for Arizonans Five Times


Martha McSally, committed to replaying all of her losing hits from 2018 in the space of a week, is up with a new TV ad that misleads Arizonans about her clear and consistent record of voting at least 5 times to dismantle or undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions, of which there are 2.8 million in Arizona.

McSally’s latest misleading ad claims: “Martha McSally is protecting Arizonans with pre-existing conditions.”

If you think we’ve been here before, it’s because we have, and independent reporting confirmed McSally’s claims were “mostly false” and “misleading. Here’s a quick refresher:

Politifact: MOSTLY FALSE

  • Has McSally, an Air Force veteran, led the fight to “force insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions”? That’s not what her voting record shows. McSally in 2015 voted for a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act. In 2017, she voted for a repeal and replace bill that health care law experts say undermined the Affordable Care Act. It is the Affordable Care Act that forces insurers to cover pre-existing conditions.

Washington Post: GOP hopefuls say they fight insurance companies, just like Obama

  • Under fire from their Democratic rivals for their votes on health care, McSally and Taylor are misleading voters. The protections for people with preexisting conditions are already pretty strong in the ACA. Both lawmakers cast votes that the CBO said weakened protections against price increases, especially in states that took advantage of waivers in the law. The money contained in the bill to mitigate those problems was inadequate, the CBO concluded.

Arizona Republic Column: Martha McSally earns her 4th ‘mostly false’ rating from PolitiFact

  • Martha McSally believes the media is against her, but that’s not true. It’s the facts that are against her.

The one thing that has changed: McSally is standing by a Republican lawsuit before the Supreme Court that would completely eliminate health care reforms — including protections for those with pre-existing conditions. She has said it’s “not her role” to stand up to the lawsuit.

“With every opportunity in Washington, Senator McSally has sided with insurance companies and voted to gut health care protections for Arizonans with pre-existing conditions, and she refuses to stand up against a lawsuit that would finish the job and eliminate protections altogether. Arizonans deserve an honest, independent leader who will stand up for pre-existing conditions protections, not another politician like Martha McSally who has proven over and over again that she cannot be trusted on health care.” – Jacob Peters, Kelly campaign spokesperson