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Arizona Sen. McSally Reacts To Trump's Call For Obamacare Repeal

The Trump administration announced Tuesdayit supports a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.

“We must protect preexisting conditions,” said Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, after the announcement.

The ACA requires insurers to provide coverage to someone with a preexisting condition. McSally does not support the ACA but says she wants a federal healthcare policy that protects people with preexisting conditions.

 “I meet a lot of people right now, under Obamacare, that have preexisting conditions that don’t have health insurance or their premiums are so high or their deductibles are so high that essentially they’re paying cash out-of-pocket and they can’t afford their care,” she said.

In 2015, when McSally was a member of the U.S. House, she voted to repeal the ACA. Two years later she voted for a different measure that would have repealed the ACA, called the American Health Care Act.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, that measure would have significantly raised premium prices for those with preexisting conditions.

At the time she did support an amendmentthat would have provided $8 billion in funds to offset the cost of high premiums if the American Health Care Act was implemented.

That measure failed in the U.S. Senate, with the late Sen. John McCain casting a dramatic "no" vote.

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Claire Caulfield first joined KJZZ as an intern in 2015 and now wakes up before the sun to produce and report for Morning Edition. She graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2017 and covered education policy in the nation's capital, election night in New York City and Native American issues for Cronkite News/ Arizona PBS. Before joining the Morning Edition team, she also worked on a documentary about rap music in the deep South and directed a film on drinking-water quality in the United States.On the weekends, you can find Claire flying her photography drone or working her way through the Pulitzer Prize book list.