PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Democratic Party Chairman Tom Perez blasted Republican Sen. Martha McSally for her record on healthcare, calling her one half of a "duo of doom."

On Tuesday, Perez said McSally and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are standing in the way of legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs.

"Because that 'duo of doom' has refused to consider these proposals in the Senate," Perez said during a stop in Phoenix.

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The chairman's visit to Phoenix came as the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals heard a challenge, backed by the Trump administration, to the Affordable Care Act.

Perez criticized McSally's voting record on the nine-year-old healthcare law, commonly referred to as Obamacare.

"We're here today because one of your senators, Sen. Martha McSally is complicit in this effort," Perez said.

During her time in the House, McSally voted to repeal Obamacare, but two months ago she would not say if she would vote to scrap the law if given another chance.

The Republican National Committee fired back at Perez by referring to the Democratic presidential candidates and their health care proposals.

Nearly the entire field spoke about expanding healthcare coverage, with some candidates advocating for a single-payer system that gives all Americans access to Medicare.

"I find it ironic that Tom Perez would say that when the entire Democratic field is either calling for a public option or Medicare for all," said Liz Harrington, a spokeswoman with the RNC.

While Perez warned that repealing Obamacare would leave hundreds of thousands of Arizonans uncovered, Harrington claimed some of the Democratic plans would force Arizonans to give up their private insurance.

The back and forth, a year and a half before the 2020 elections, underscores how competitive Arizona's Senate race is expected to be.

McSally, who was appointed to the Senate seat left open after the death of John McCain, is expected to face Democratic challenger Mark Kelly in the general election.

Healthcare was a factor in McSally's loss to Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema last year.

Should the 5th Circuit rule to defeat the ACA, the fate of Obamacare could once again be in front of the Supreme Court next year, putting the issue in the middle of the 2020 election cycle.


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(7) comments


Socialized health care is ***t, look at wait times in other countries, death panels, and our very own VA. Maybe congress can pass something where if they address the issues with the VA and get it running well, then they can look into adopting government models for the entire population. Pity that the best parts of the current VA are due to the expansion in private resources.


Having lived in a country or 2 with socialized medicine, I will say that it is AWESOME for people for low health issues as their costs are low. It is not so good for people with health issues as costs can be high and treatment is slow (2 years for a hip replacement?!?! or 6 months to get into radiation - heaven help those with fast growing cancer). If the US wants socialized medicine, they should look forward to either double the cost or, as you said 'death panels', etc. (committees who get to decide if you are worthy of that kidney).

TRUMP supporter

I would rather be a duo of doom than a dumbocract.


Mark Kelly, the all American Astronaut, is dumb? "Dumb" is pretending McSally actually earned McCain's vacant seat in the Senate. Ducey superseded the Arizona public's right to elect their own representative by supplanting McSally into power without a vote.

TRUMP supporter

Yes an al kelly is dumb.

TRUMP supporter

Yes kelly is dumber than a box of rocks.


He didn't supersede anything. The law provides for it. Whether or not she belongs in their long term will soon be voted on.

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