“You can’t make this up… Dean Heller’s office is refusing to confirm Dean Heller’s own words on his support for ending Medicaid expansion. Do not be fooled by the misdirection coming from Senator Heller’s staff – he literally said this from his own mouth to reporters this morning. This desperate, incompetent attempt to muddy the waters on his health care position is yet another reminder that Dean Heller is a lying Washington politician who can’t be trusted.” — Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Stewart Boss
Reno Gazette-Journal: Report: Heller indicates support of Medicaid expansion phase out
Seth A. Richardson
2:40 p.m. PT June 8, 2017
- A Washington, D.C. publication reported Thursday that U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., now supports a seven-year phase out of the Medicaid expansion currently in law as part of Obamacare. “I support seven, I support seven,” Heller told reporters, according to The Hill.
- However, Heller’s Thursday statement mark the first indication he is willing to end the Medicaid expansion that has covered more than 200,000 Nevadans since the law took effect.
- When asked to either confirm or clarify what the senator told reporters at the Capitol, Heller spokesperson Megan Taylor asked if the Reno Gazette-Journal was “really doing a story on a false narrative the Democrats are pushing?” She did not respond to questions about what information she considered was coming from Democrats, whether that be the report in The Hill or the senator’s own words.
- She also declined to confirm if the senator said he was fine with a seven-year phase out of the program’s expansion, which is being pushed by other Republican senators.
- Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval’s office has been concerned about any rollback of the Medicaid expansion, which could put the onus on states to provide more state money or reduce coverage, leading to more uninsured.