QUICK CLIPS: Health Care Record “Hounds” McSally

Congresswoman Martha McSally voted four times to repeal the Affordable Care Act and protections for pre-existing conditions, proclaiming before the last vote let’s get this “f*cking thing” done and promising shortly after the divisive primary she would vote to repeal health care. So when she claimed in her new ad to want to protect that coverage – she was held accountable.

3TV/CBS 5 Phoenix WATCH:

Reporter Dennis Welch : While McSally is now claiming she is trying to force insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions, that was not the case last year when Republicans tried unsuccessfully to repeal Obamacare we caught up with the Senate candidate out in the west valley today… we asked her about that vote she took in may 2017 to repeal the ACA. The bill – known as the American Health Care Act – it would have weakened protections for people will pre-existing conditions and it would have allowed insurance companies to charge them more money to stay insured, potentially costing them thousands of dollars more every year.

3TV/CBS 5: McSally claiming she’s leading fight to protect pre-existing conditions

  • Republican Senate candidate Martha McSally’s new television commercial says she is “leading the fight to” cover people with pre-existing conditions.
  • But last year, McSally voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act – known as Obamacare – which would have weakened protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions by letting insurance companies charge more.
  • However, Politifact reviewed the bill to repeal the ACA and found that it still allowed insurance companies “to charge people significantly more if they had a pre-existing condition,” adding that it would have required those with pre-existing conditions, “to pay thousands of dollars extra every year to remain insured.”

Washington Post: Trump’s false claim on health care ignores years-long GOP effort to repeal Obamacare

  • Yet health care remains the Republican Party’s Achilles’ heel, and GOP candidates such as Arizona Senate nominee Rep. Martha McSally have found themselves facing tough questions about how they reconcile their current support for coverage for pre-existing conditions with their longtime efforts to repeal the health-care law.
  • McSally, who is facing Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in one of the country’s most closely watched Senate races, is drawing attention with a new ad in which she claims that she is “leading the fight to . . . force insurance companies to cover preexisting conditions” — even though she not only voted for legislation that would have weakened such protections but rallied other House Republicans.

Bloomberg: Clash on Health Care Takes Center Stage in Arizona Senate Race

  • McSally voted for Republican-sponsored legislation in 2017 that would have granted states waivers from an Obamacare provision that forbids insurers from charging people more on the basis of health status. Health-care specialists say that would allow insurance companies to raise prices, forcing sick people out of the market as was common before the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010.
  • Democratic Representative Kyrsten Sinema, who’s battling McSally for Arizona’s open Senate seat, immediately tore into opponent’s assertion. “Sadly, Martha wants to roll back these important protections. She voted to do so in 2015. She voted to do so again last year.”

Roll Call: Health Care Vote Hounds Martha McSally in Tight Arizona Senate Race

  • GOP Rep. Martha McSally continues to face criticism for her vote to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act, and engaged in a heated exchange with a local reporter over protections for people with pre-existing conditions after an event Wednesday.



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