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Dean Heller Still Wants to Repeal the ACA. Will He ‘Get to a Yes’ on the Republican Plan to Eliminate Pre-Existing Conditions Protections?

Las Vegas, NV – Republican Senator Dean Heller says he wants to get to a yes on repealing the Affordable Care Act, but so far he’s been silent on the House GOP’s effort to make their health care plan even worse by gutting protections for people with pre-existing conditions and exempting members of Congress from its effects.

Speaking to a group of conservatives earlier this month, Heller was caught on tapesaying that 24 million people losing health insurance was “not necessarily” his main objection to the GOP’s first failed health care bill, and he pledged that he “will do everything I can to get to a yes” on repealing the ACA. Heller even suggested he was withholding his approval of the GOP bill just to get attention from Trump’s White House. Listen here.

At Senator Heller’s town hall last week, a 51-year-old Reno mother with multiple sclerosis pressed him hard about whether he will oppose legislation that revokes the ACA’s protections for those with pre-existing conditions and forces them into high-risk insurance pools. Heller’s poorly received response was: “I will support high-risk pools.”

Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Stewart Boss released the following statement:

“Senator Heller has a lengthy record of voting to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, and he’s still doing everything he can to get to a yes on repealing the law. Nevadans are sick and tired of Dean Heller’s spineless equivocating, and they deserve to know where he stands on this renewed Republican effort to take away their health care and undo protections for people who have pre-existing conditions.”