National Dems launch ads against McSally on health care law repeal

    A screenshot of an ad the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is running against U.S. Sen. Martha McSally.

    National Democrats are targeting U.S. Sen. Martha McSally in Facebook advertisements over her support of Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a move that would remove protections for pre-existing conditions.

    The ads are timed to commemorate the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice agreeing with Republican attorneys general in their lawsuit that the ACA is unconstitutional. Arizona is a plaintiff in that suit, and Attorney General Mark Brnovich last year praised a ruling by a federal judge in Texas that struck down then entire act, including the protections to pre-existing conditions.

    Two years ago, McSally urged her GOP congressional colleagues to get this “fucking thing” done, referring to legislation before the U.S. House at the time to replace the ACA with a system that critics derided as “Trumpcare” and said would lead to worse coverage and higher insurance costs for many Americans, particularly those most in need of health care coverage.

    “When it came time to gut protections for Arizonans with pre-existing conditions or families already worrying about the cost of care, unelected Senator Martha McSally was ready to get the job done,” said Stewart Boss, a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which is paying for the ads.

    The anti-McSally ads are part of a larger series of ads on Facebook targeting Republican senators in 2020 swing states. It is unclear how much is being spent on the McSally ads.

    McSally was appointed to the U.S. Senate to fill the seat that was held by John McCain, who died in 2018. She is running to fill out the remainder of the term, which ends in 2022, and is expected to face Democrat Mark Kelly in the 2020 general election.

    Jim Small
    Jim Small is a native Arizonan and has covered state government, policy and politics since 2004, with a focus on investigative and in-depth policy reporting, first as a reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times, then as editor of the paper and its prestigious sister publications, the Yellow Sheet Report and Arizona Legislative Report. Under his guidance, the Capitol Times won numerous state, regional and national awards for its accountability journalism and probing investigations into state government operations.


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