Washington, DC — Tonight, President Trump is holding a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona with Senator Martha McSally where he will implore Arizonans to elect the unelected Senator they have already rejected at the polls. President Trump and Senator McSally have something else in common: they both support disastrous health care repeal efforts that would end protections for pre-existing conditions and take coverage away from millions of Americans. In response to tonight’s rally, Protect Our Care Executive Director Brad Woodhouse released the following statement:
“President Trump has no better ally in his quest to repeal and sabotage health care than Martha McSally, who has spent years on the front lines of taking away protections for pre-existing conditions. In the House, Martha McSally led the charge in President Trump’s war on health care, imploring her colleagues to ‘Get this f***ing thing done’ and support the GOP’s disastrous repeal bill which would have kicked millions of Americans off of their coverage and gutted protections for people with pre-existing conditions. After being appointed to the Senate, McSally continues to give cover to President Trump as he wages his war to destroy Americans’ health care in the courts while refusing to support common sense action to lower prescription drug costs like giving Medicare the power to negotiate for lower drug prices, the most effective way to do so. Arizonans already rejected Martha McSally for the Senate because of her relentless war on health care, and when they have another chance in November, they will reject her again.”
2017: Martha McSally Voted For AHCA. McSally voted for passage of the American Health Care Act. [HR 1628, Roll Call Vote #256, 5/4/17]
- McSally Encouraged Her GOP Colleagues To “Get This F–king Thing Done” And Repeal The ACA. “Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his GOP leadership team held what amounted to a pep rally for rank-and-file members in the Capitol basement Thursday morning as they predicted victory in their push to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Leaders played the ‘Rocky’ theme song as lawmakers walked into the meeting. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) put an image of George S. Patton on the screen and read inspirational quotes from the general. ‘Let’s get this f–king thing done!’ Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) told her colleagues, according to sources in the room.” [The Hill, 5/4/17]
What Did AHCA Mean for Arizona?
- In 2026, 465,200 Arizonans would lose coverage under this bill.
- The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that the American Health Care Act would have raised premiums 20 percent in 2018.
- The negative economic impact of the American Health Care Act would cause 60,714 Arizonans to lose their jobs by 2022.
2018: Martha McSally Said She Was “Getting My Ass Kicked” For Voting To Repeal The Affordable Care Act. “McSally was asked if she would vote again to repeal the health-care law on conservative commentator Sean Hannity’s radio show. ‘Well, Sean, 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,’ she said. ‘They’re trying to, you know, invoke fear in people who have family members or loved ones with pre-existing conditions.’” [Arizona Republic, 10/29/18]