Maison: Arizona Attorney General election is vital to healthcare debate

State Attorneys General are crucial to halting some of the worst consequences of the Trump agenda. Arizona’s current AG, Mark Brnovich, is one of 20 AGs suing to destroy the Affordable Care Act.

Beverly Maison

The ACA provides for essential components of quality health insurance for individuals that would go away if the ACA ended, including coverage for pre-existing conditions and limited out-of-pocket costs.

Given the No. 1 reason today for personal bankruptcy in our country is medical bills, removing these protections would result in financial catastrophes and loss of lives. Arizonans should be skeptical of cheaper, non-ACA plans because most will exclude protections included in the ACA, protections that are present in both Medicare and Medicaid.

There are sound bipartisan ideas for improving the ACA if our AG’s first priority was Arizonans over wealthy dark money contributors. The AG’s primary job is to protect Arizonans, not serve the narrow interests of corporations and wealthy individuals for whom the ACA protections are irrelevant.

How quickly we have forgotten the poor quality and availability of individual insurance before the ACA, and the many Arizonans who suffered as a result.

Editor’s note: Ms. Maison is a resident of Scottsdale

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