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Martha McSally Tries to Rewrite Her Health Care Record in Misleading Political Ad

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 30, 2020
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McSally’s record of jeopardizing protections for Arizonans with pre-existing conditions speaks for itself

Washington, DC — This week, Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) launched a misleading political ad in an effort to distance herself from her record of attacking protections for Arizonans with pre-existing conditions. Here's what the ad conveniently leaves out: McSally voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and dismantle its protections for pre-existing conditions, jeopardizing health care coverage for 709,000 Arizonans. In fact, right before taking that harmful vote, McSally urged her colleagues to "get this f---ing thing done." One thing hasn’t changed since McSally launched her last losing campaign: her record of voting against affordable, quality health care for Arizonans.

SHOT: "She's fighting for what's right when it comes to pre-existing conditions." -McSally's new political ad

  • AZCentral reporter Yvonne Wingett Sanchez: "[McSally] is out with a new [ad] focusing on pre-existing conditions.”



CHASER: "Let's get this f---ing done." -McSally, before voting to dismantle protections for pre-existing conditions

  • "Rep. Martha McSally (R), her party’s nominee for the open U.S. Senate seat in Arizona, was a staunch supporter of the Trumpcare legislation to repeal Obamacare, literally telling her Republican House colleagues that they needed to get the 'f---ing thing' done."
  • "Now that she is under fire for her vote for the wildly unpopular legislation, she is simply lying to her constituents and pretending that the bill would not have eliminated insurance protections for the more than 100 million Americans with pre-existing medical conditions."
  • "The Washington Post has given a “three Pinocchios” rating to the claim that the Republican health care plan would not have discriminated against people with pre-existing conditions."

Last week, a new analysis from the Washington Post detailed the decade-long effort by Trump and his political allies to gut the Affordable Care Act. Many of those same politicians are now trying to distance themselves from their records ahead of the 2020 election, as the ACA has been crucial to health care for so many during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As we near Election Day 2020, Planned Parenthood Votes will continue to highlight McSally’s record of putting reproductive rights and health care at risk. 


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