Las Vegas, NV – Today, following House passage of the GOP’s disastrous health care bill, Senate Republicans said they won’t vote on the House-passed bill and will instead write their own version of this cruel legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Senator Dean Heller, the most vulnerable Republican up for re-election, announced his opposition to the House bill today but also reiterated his continued commitment to repealing the Affordable Care Act, stating: “I want to repeal Obamacare in a way that benefits Nevadans.”
Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Stewart Boss released the following statement:
“Senator Heller has voted with Washington Republicans at least 20 times to dismantle, undermine and fully repeal the Affordable Care Act, so it’s clear he’s only waffling now because he’s worried about the political fallout for his re-election campaign. Nevadans must hold Heller to his word and ensure he does not support any bill that threatens Nevada’s Medicaid expansion funding or jeopardizes protections for people with pre-existing conditions. It’s time for Dean Heller to finally abandon this harmful partisan crusade that threatens the lives of his constituents.”
Senator Heller’s statement today confirms what he told Republicans behind closed doors last month – he still wants to ‘get to a yes’ on repealing the ACA, he’s still trying to get Trump’s attention (sad!), and he still doesn’t object to ripping health care away from millions of people.
By Kevin Robillard
04/14/2017 05:02 AM EDT
Nevada Sen. Dean Heller told a group of conservatives earlier this week he “will do everything I can to get to a yes” on repealing Obamacare and suggested he was withholding his approval of the GOP health care plan in Congress to get attention from the White House.
The comments were picked up by a tracker for the Nevada Democratic Party, who paid to enter the event at the Keystone Corporation, an organization of conservative Nevada business leaders. The group barred media members from the event and kicked out several protesters who paid to attend.
“I want this thing to go away,” Heller says at the meeting, referring to Obamacare. “I really do want to put this away. And I will do everything I can to get to a yes. But what I do want is an opportunity to talk with this administration about some of the concerns that I have here in the state of Nevada. If you’re always a yes, you can’t get their attention. You can’t get their attention.”
At another point, an audience members asks Heller about the Congressional Budget Office’s score of the GOP health care plan, which showed 24 million people losing insurance coverage over the next decade and prices spiking for some consumers. An audience member asks Heller if the insurance loss in his main objection.
“Not necessarily,” Heller responds. “My main objection is that I want to make sure that the governors are in the room when this is being discussed. That’s my main objection.”