Martha McSally on Health Care



Supports bipartisan bill to stop surprise billing

The out-of-pocket costs of health care is a top issue. Because of the dispute between the insurance company and a hospital, you end up getting a bill sometimes thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. This legislation, which is bipartisan, actually addresses that and basically forces the insurance companies, the providers to sort it out and stop putting it on the backs of hardworking families and patients.
Source: Fox News Radio on 2020 Arizona Senate race , Feb 17, 2020

ObamaCare is not covering people with preexisting conditions

Q: Kyrsten Sinema defends ObamaCare's preexisting condition coverage. Do you acknowledge that protection for people with preexisting conditions was significantly weaker under your repeal and replace bill than it was under ObamaCare?

MCSALLY: I am passionate about protecting people with preexisting conditions and forcing insurance companies to provide them health insurance. I voted to make sure that they had that coverage. The reality is that ObamaCare right now is not covering people with preexisting conditions. We can't go back to what we were in the past. I met an entrepreneur last week who decided to start a small business with a preexisting condition. She's uncovered right now under ObamaCare. So, we are trying to move towards a system that provides more options, more choice for people, that lowers the cost, that allows states to manage it.

Source: Fox News Sunday interviews for 2018 Arizona Senate race , Oct 21, 2018

Flexibility for states, instead of federal one-size-fits-all

Q: Under repeal and replace, the bill that you voted for, if someone had a lapse in coverage of 63 days, states could force those people to buy it from a risk pool. And that meant that the premiums would be higher. That's exactly the kind of thing that ObamaCare tried to prevent.

MCSALLY: Yes, what we were trying to do is not have the federal government one-size-fits-all, top-down approach, while protecting people with preexisting conditions, allowing states flexibility.

Source: Fox News Sunday interviews for 2018 Arizona Senate race , Oct 21, 2018

ObamaCare is collapsing under its own weight

Q: Healthcare: Support or Repeal Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as ObamaCare?

Martha McSally (R): Repeal. Says, "ObamaCare, which was flawed from the beginning, is collapsing under its own weight." Says should replace with a different plan based on bringing down costs & increasing competition.

Kyrsten Sinema (D): Support, shaped by not always having health insurance as a child. "No family should be forced to choose between getting the care they need & paying their bills." Says Repeal would strip coverage from hundreds of thousands of Arizonans, & skyrocket premiums for older patients & those with pre-existing conditions.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Arizona Senate race , Oct 9, 2018

ObamaCare makes matters worse; but keep the few good parts

Our health care system has been broken for a long time, but the president's health care law is not the solution to fix it. In some cases, it is making matters worse. Because of ObamaCare, families I've talked with are paying higher premiums, facing reduced choices, and losing insurance they liked and the doctors they've known and trusted for years. This law isn't working for Southern Arizonans, and we should replace it with a bipartisan solution that puts families first and tackles the greatest flaws in our health care system.

I believe we should keep the few positive changes in the president's health care law that we can all agree on--like protecting those with pre-existing conditions, allowing children to stay on their parents' plans until age 26, and ending discrimination of women. But the foundation of ObamaCare, which is based on mandates, penalties, & taxes in a one-size-fits-all solution, takes choices out of the hands of doctors and patients and puts them in the hands of bureaucrats.

Source: 2014 Arizona House campaign website, McSallyForCongress.com , Nov 4, 2014

Supports repealing Obamacare, according to Christian Coalition.

McSally supports the CC survey question on repealing ObamaCare

CC.org's self-description: "The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This simple tool has helped educate tens of millions of citizens across this nation as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues.

The Coalition is a political organization, made up of pro-family Americans who care deeply about ensuring that government serves to strengthen and preserve, rather than threaten, our families and our values. To that end, we work continuously to identify, educate and mobilize Christians for effective political action." The CC survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Repealing healthcare law (Obamacare) that forces citizens to buy insurance or pay a tax'

Source: Christian Coalition Survey 14-CC-Q5 on Aug 15, 2014

Supports repealing Obamacare, according to Faith2Action.

McSally supports the F2A survey question on repealing ObamaCare

Faith2Action.org is "the nation's largest network of pro-family groups." They provide election resources for each state, including Voter Guides and Congressional Scorecards excerpted here. The F2A survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?'

Source: Faith2Action Survey 14-F2A-Q5 on Jul 30, 2014

Supports repealing Obamacare, according to PVS rating.

McSally supports the PVS survey question on repealing ObamaCare

Project VoteSmart infers summary responses from campaign statements and news reports The PVS survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?'

Source: Project VoteSmart Inferred Survey 14-PVS-q5 on Sep 30, 2014

Fully repealing ObamaCare is important, but not sufficient.

McSally voted YEA Full Repeal of ObamaCare

Heritage Action Summary: This vote would fully repeal ObamaCare.

Heritage Foundation recommendation to vote YES: (2/3/2015): ObamaCare creates $1.8 trillion in new health care spending and uses cuts to Medicare spending to help pay for some of it. Millions of Americans already have lost, and more likely will lose, their coverage because of ObamaCare. Many Americans have not been able to keep their doctors as insurers try to offset the added costs of ObamaCare by limiting the number of providers in their networks. In spite of the promise, the law increases the cost of health coverage.

Secretary of Labor Robert Reich recommendation to vote NO: (robertreich.org 11/22/2013): Having failed to defeat the Affordable Care Act, Republicans are now hell-bent on destroying the ObamaCare in Americans' minds, using the word "disaster" whenever mentioning the Act, and demand its repeal. Democrats [should] meet the Republican barrage with three larger truths:

  1. The wreck of private insurance: Ours has been the only healthcare system in the world designed to avoid sick people. For-profit insurers have spent billions finding and marketing their policies to healthy people--while rejecting people with preexisting conditions, or at high risk.
  2. We could not continue with this travesty of a healthcare system: ObamaCare is a modest solution. It still relies on private insurers--merely setting minimum standards and "exchanges" where customers can compare policies.
  3. The moral imperative: Even a clunky compromise like the ACA between a national system of health insurance and a for-profit insurance market depends, fundamentally, on a social compact in which those who are healthier and richer are willing to help those who are sicker and poorer. Such a social compact defines a society.

Legislative outcome: Passed House 239-186-8; never came to a vote in the Senate.

Source: Supreme Court case 15-H0132 argued on Feb 3, 2015

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