I pointed out in a post last week that Health care is the top issue, and GOP candidates campaign on the ‘Big Lie’ (snippet):
Polling shows that health care is the top priority for Americans, and that Democrats are winning among the segment of the electorate most worried about health care.
POLITICO reported this week about how Republican candidates are actually running ads saying that they support the pre-existing conditions provisions of the Affordable Care Act aka“Obamacare” even after every Republican incumbent in Congress has voted multiple times over a period of several years to repeal Obamacare and voted for House Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan to convert Medicare into a private system with vouchers (coupon care). They are running away from their Obamacare repeal votes by simply lying about it (looking at you Martha McSally). ‘Just ridiculous lies’: Dems incensed over misleading GOP ads on Medicare for All.
The Huffington Post reports Now it’s Senate candidate Martha McSally telling whoppers about her record on health care:
Health care keeps coming up in the approach to the 2018 midterms. And Republicans keep deceiving the public about it, because they are desperate to show that they didn’t try to strip away protections for people with pre-existing conditions when, in fact, they did.
On Monday evening, it was Martha McSally’s turn. McSally, GOP nominee for Arizona’s open Senate seat, currently serves in the House. Last year, she voted for her party’s bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, including regulations that block insurers from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions.
In a closed-door meeting on the day of the vote, McSally reportedly stood up and told colleagues that it was time to get this “f**king thing” done.
One year later, the vote and the quote have become political liabilities. McSally’s opponent, House Democrat Krysten Sinema, cites them constantly as proof that McSally would leave some people with cancer, diabetes and other conditions unable to get coverage.
That doesn’t sit well with voters, according to polls ― and so, when the subject came up Monday during a televised debate between the two, McSally did what so many other Republicans facing similar charges have done.
McSally insisted that Sinema’s criticisms were unfair.
“I voted to protect people with pre-existing conditions,” McSally said. “We cannot go back to where we were before Obamacare, where people were one diagnosis away from going bankrupt, because they could not get access to health care.”
McSally went on to accuse Sinema of lying ― three separate times. But McSally was the one
rewriting history lying.
There is a Republican ad airing on television accusing Kyrsten Sinema of lying about McSally’s position on healthcare, but the ad itself is another lie. McSally’s campaign is built on layer upon layer of lies in an effort to obliterate facts in the post-truth era of Donald Trump in which GOPropaganda is used to create an alternative reality.
McSally, like most Republicans defending their records these days, points out that the House bill called for retaining a few of the Affordable Care Act’s regulations and some of the law’s tax credits. But the bill would have stripped away funding for expanded Medicaid, restructured the tax credits for private insurance, and allowed states to eliminate other regulations ― including the all-important rule prohibiting insurers from charging higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions.
The House Republican bill included some extra funding for states to use in other ways to help people with pre-existing conditions. In the debate, McSally alluded to this but failed to mention that, according to multiple experts, the money was not nearly enough to do the job.
“It’s important to distinguish between actual support for pre-existing condition protections and lip service,” Sabrina Corlette, a research professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Health Insurance Reform, told HuffPost recently.
“The problem with the multiple efforts to repeal the ACA and ‘replace’ its pre-existing condition protections with alternatives ― such as the [final House] amendment and the bills that have been introduced more recently ― is that they all include massive loopholes that will make coverage effectively inaccessible for people with health care needs.”
Republicans could defend their position honestly by saying they believe pre-existing condition protections and other Affordable Care Act provisions inevitably do more harm than good.
Quite possibly, Republicans figure they have nothing to lose because their supporters get information from [GOPropaganda] outlets like Fox News, which rarely scrutinizes GOP officials the way the rest of the mainstream media does. And they might be right.
In a functioning democracy, Republicans wouldn’t be able to rely so heavily on their own supporters living inside a closed media universe [see, Epistemic closure and the ‘conservative misinformation feedback loop’ media bubble], and they would need other voters to maintain their congressional majorities.
It’s just one more reason the November elections are so important. If Republicans don’t suffer electoral consequences for their behavior, they will have no reason to change. They’ll be able to keep lying about their determination to preserve access to health care, even as they get back to work on taking it away.
Martha McSally is lying about her votes on healthcare. She has voted for every “Obamacare” repeal bill during her time in Congress, and she has voted for House Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan to turn Medicare into a private care voucher system aka “coupon care.”
If Republicans retain control of the Senate because voters fall for the GOP lies about healthcare and send people like Martha McSally to the Senate, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already laid his cards on the table that he is coming after the “entitlement” (earned benefits) programs of social security, Medicare and Medicaid. McConnell eyes cuts to Medicare, Social Security to address deficit (snippets):
Mitch McConnell believes “Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid” funding constitutes “the real driver of the debt.”
Larry Kudlow, the director of the Trump White House’s National Economic Council, recently said he wants to take aim at “entitlements” as early as “next year.” A few months earlier, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said he wants to see policymakers bring the budget closer to balance by cutting “entitlements.” Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), who currently chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee, made the same argument in August.
[When] “leading Republican officials – from the White House, the Senate, and the U.S. House – keep admitting that they’re eager to cut programs like Medicare and Social Security. Maybe the public should believe them.”
Does anyone in their right mind seriously believe that Martha McSally would not vote in lockstep with the wishes of Republican leader Mitch McConnell?
Don’t give Martha McSally or Mitch McConnell the opportunity. Just say “hell no!” in November.
UPDATE: McConnell: GOP Might Try Obamacare Repeal Again If They Hold Congress: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said his party might take another whack at Obamacare if they hold onto their congressional majorities in November’s elections.
UPDATE: Charles Gabb, the preeminent expert on the Affordable Care Act, has started compiling a list of GOP officials and candidates who are scrambling to assure voters that they fully support protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions, despite taking a series of steps to take those protections away: “Presenting The GOP Pre-Existing Condition Gaslighter Rogues Gallery!” (Yes, Martha McSally is on his list).