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While Dean Heller Weighs Senate GOP’s Toxic Health Care Bill, Democrats Applying Pressure

Roll Call: “The Nevada State Democratic Party has been particularly aggressive in challenging GOP Sen. Dean Heller, up for re-election next year, over the possibility that he could support the Senate bill, especially given that Nevada expanded Medicaid under popular Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval.”

AP: “Nevada Democratic Party Chairman and Las Vegas Assemblyman William McCurdy called Heller’s statement disingenuous. “Enough with the spineless equivocating, fraudulent press releases and hiding behind other politicians,” McCurdy wrote in a statement, adding Heller “owns” the effort to repeal-and-replace “Obamacare.””

National Journal: “Demo­crats are do­ing their best to ex­ploit the di­vi­sions with­in the Re­pub­lic­an Party… Nevada Demo­crats have or­gan­ized a phone bank, press con­fer­ence, and protest in re­cent weeks, and they are mak­ing the ar­gu­ment that the bill’s tax cuts will help the wealth­i­est, such as Nevada bil­lion­aire and GOP donor Shel­don Ad­el­son.”

McClatchy: “Democrats have launched a full-scale campaign targeting several of the senators who could cast deciding votes. In Nevada, for example, Heller is the target of at least four radio, television and online advertising campaigns. In Las Vegas on Tuesday, Democratic state lawmakers and activists held a phone bank, calling Heller’s office to urge him to vote against the bill. “After his numerous partisan votes in Washington to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, we can’t trust Dean Heller to do the right thing and protect our health care,” said Nevada State Democratic Party Chair William McCurdy II.”

KTVN Reno: “A group of about 40 protestors gathered outside of Heller’s Reno office, asking Congress not to pass the AHCA… Most of the protestors say their biggest concern with the Republican plan is that Nevadans and Americans will lose coverage. “We do not want to throw people off of Medicaid,” Sarah Mahler, Chair of the Washoe County Democratic Party said. “We do not want to give a tax break to millionaires, to endanger people’s lives and cause suffering.””

Reno Gazette-Journal: Heller faces increased pressure in run up to health care bill release

“On Tuesday, Democratic leaders in the Nevada Legislature, who unsuccessfully tried to enshrine much of the ACA into state law this year, wrote a letter to Heller urging him to oppose any bill that would cut into the state’s federal funding for Medicaid. Among other things, they also want Heller to detail how many people could lose health insurance under the Senate’s bill and whether those with pre-existing conditions would be protected. “If Congress moves forward with these huge cuts to Medicaid, our state will be forced to consider lowering payments to doctors and taking away health coverage from children, seniors, and people with disabilities,” Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson and Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford wrote to Heller.” 

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Ads target Dean Heller, other GOP senators to sway vote on health care bill

“Meanwhile, the DSCC has launched Google takeover ads on the Internet. The ads target older voters, women and swing voters. Versions of the ads are running in Nevada, Arizona and Florida as part of a six-figure buy, said David Bergstein, a DSCC spokesman. The Nevada ads charge Heller with supporting legislation that would eliminate coverage for 203,900 Nevadans.”

Steve Sebelius: Democrats slam Sen. Dean Heller over repeal of expanded Medicaid program money

“If there was any doubt remaining — after months of critical emails from Democratic groups — that Nevada’s senior senator, Dean Heller, is in for the fight of his political life in 2018, state Democrats on Monday moved to erase it. In a small news conference at their new headquarters offices, party chairman Assemblyman William McCurdy II, D-Las Vegas, and state Sen. Pat Spearman, D-North Las Vegas, condemned Heller for his comments last week endorsing an end to expanded Medicaid funding for states seven years from now.”

KKOH Reno: Nevada Dems Blast Heller for “Spineless Equivocation”

Las Vegas Sun: Heller in spotlight as Senate Republicans work toward vote on Obamacare repeal