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McSally should stop misleading public about her health care record

Martha McSally

Martha McSally

Dear Editor:

I recently wrote to U.S. Sen. Martha McSally to express disappointment over her October 30 vote to allow insurance companies to sell “junk” health plans that don’t cover pre-existing conditions. While I appreciated McSally replying to similar criticism, her response was filled with a number of mischaracterizations and outright falsehoods about the Affordable Care Act and her own record on health care.

In her reply, McSally said that “there is no doubt” that the Affordable Care Act has negatively impacted Arizona’s economy and the rights of individuals. That’s simply not true. In fact, the ACA has saved the U.S. economy $2.3 trillion. This year, Arizonans can choose among more plans than ever before.

McSally has said she supports protections for those with pre-existing conditions and allowing children to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26. But thanks to the ACA, those protections already exist, and now that she’s voted to allow insurers to sell junk health plans, those protections are threatened once again.

She said that “having an illness should not be a ticket to bankruptcy.” I couldn’t agree more. That’s why I was so disappointed by her vote to let insurers sell junk plans that don’t offer basic protections, including coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.

Lastly, McSally said that health care plans “must not discriminate against women.” Again, I agree, but I’m not sure McSally is updated on her own voting record. Before the ACA, pregnancy was considered a pre-existing condition, which allowed insurance companies to charge mothers more.

Sen. McSally, please stop misleading Arizonans about your health care record.

Pat Thomas



  1. Honesty must apply all around. Insurance is about pooling risk—it protects against the risk of something bad happening that can be catastrophically expensive. Buying insurance for a “pre-existing condition” is like trying to buy homeowner’s insurance for your house after it burns down. If the risk has already happened, it’s not insurance, it’s charity.

    The federal government has no Constitutional authority to regulate, insure, or provide health care. For all the good or bad that can be said about the ACA, those activities can only be legally performed at the state level.

  2. I’m doing my homework in advance of upcoming elections. I am a “pre-existing condition,” albeit a very healthy one. So obviously, a political candidate’s stance/record on this is extremely important to me.

    McSally’s voting record on this issue s appalling and disgraceful. I find it difficult to elect someone who shows total lack of regard for those of us caught in the middle of this firestorm.

  3. michaelgibbs: National health insurance policy is more about pooling healthcare costs rather than pooling healthcare risk. Everybody will get sick at some point. You might want to look up Article I, Section 8 of the US Constitution and the many Supreme Court Decisions that stem from it.

  4. Nice hit piece. If only you weren’t such a political hack writer. You lost me at

    That’s simply not true. In fact, the ACA has saved the U.S. economy $2.3 trillion. This year, Arizonans can choose among more plans than ever before.

    Why don’t you do some research instead of pointing to more dishonest writing.

  5. Esther,

    Keep digging on WHY. McSally was set to repeal and REPLACE all the while saving pre- existing conditions.

    ACA does not work, will continue to get worse and you cannot force doctors to accept that. So who is left? A bunch of patients with promises that will never be fulfilled. Typical government

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