PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Republican Senate candidate Martha McSally's new television commercial says she is "leading the fight to" cover people with pre-existing conditions.

But last year, McSally voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act - known as Obamacare - which would have weakened protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions by letting insurance companies charge more.

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"I have fought for pre-existing conditions. I voted to protect pre-existing conditions," McSally said Wednesday at an event in the west Valley.

The attempted repeal of Obamacare last year ended up failing but McSally points to an amendment she co-sponsored adding $8 billion to be set aside for people with pre-existing conditions.

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However, Politifact reviewed the bill to repeal the ACA and found that it still allowed insurance companies “to charge people significantly more if they had a pre-existing condition," adding that it would have required those with pre-existing conditions, "to pay thousands of dollars extra every year to remain insured."

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