McSally, after votes to take away healthcare protections, lies through her teeth about saving them

“Anyone who voted for that bill was voting to take away the ACA’s preexisting condition protections,” Jonathan Oberlander, a health policy professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill told Kaiser Health News and Politifact. “Sen. McSally is trying to erase history for electoral purposes.” Back home in Arizona, Dr. Daniel Derksen, a professor of public health, medicine and nursing at the University of Arizona says “Martha McSally has in her actions, in her votes, been pretty consistent about cutting back benefits and trying to repeal the ACA without any clear plan in mind that would protect people who gained insurance through the ACA. […] Her words on preexisting condition protections don’t align with any votes I’ve seen.”

McSally’s campaign defended her claim saying that she’s supporting a bill from North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis (who has his own reelection concerns) called the Protect Act. That bill has the words that say it bans insurance plans from imposing preexisting condition exclusions, but it does nothing to keep insurance companies from pricing insurance for people with health issues out of reach. It is literally just lip service to the idea of protections. What’s more, McSally has refused to say whether she supports the Trump administration’s efforts to have the Affordable Care Act—including those protections—struck down. “When given the opportunity, she has declined to oppose this lawsuit, which would essentially eliminate the protections that exist,” Sabrina Corlette, a research professor at Georgetown University, said.

The pandemic is guaranteeing that this is going to be another healthcare election. It guarantees that people are going to be watching what their elected officials do and say to protect our health and our futures. Back in 2018, when she was running for the Senate, McSally complained to Sean Hannity, “I did vote to repeal and replace Obamacare on that House bill—I’m getting my ass kicked for it right now because it’s being misconstrued by the Democrats. […] They’re trying to, you know, invoke fear in people who have family members or loved ones with pre-existing conditions.” It worked. She got her ass kicked by Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, but then got the consolation prize of being appointed to John McCain’s seat after his death.

She’s going to get her ass kicked again, this time by Mark Kelly, and health care will be one of the top reasons why.

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