A new Trump Administration memo uncovered this week shows the White House is pushing reckless, harmful demands as part of any potential deal in Congress to stabilize the nation’s health care markets. President Trump specifically wants Congress to pass legislation that would impose a devastating age tax on older Americans by allowing insurance companies to charge older people five times as much as younger people. Trump’s plan would also allow insurers to sell junk insurance plans that weaken protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and it would block funding for organizations like Planned Parenthood.
Last summer, Republican Sen. Dean Heller famously caved to President Trump and Mitch McConnell and broke his promise to protect Nevadans’ health care. Now, Nevadans are once again stuck wondering whether their senior senator has the backbone to stand up against his party’s toxic health care priorities.
Nevada Democratic State Party spokesperson Sarah Abel made the following statement in response to Heller’s silence on Trump’s demands:
“For months, Sen. Heller has refused to give up on his political quest to sabotage the Affordable Care Act and make health care more expensive for Nevada’s working families. Instead of working to fix the health care chaos Republicans have created, the White House is making ideological demands that could force an age tax on older Nevadans and Sen. Heller is sitting silently on the sidelines. There’s no doubt that when push comes to shove, Heller will keep being a weak rubber stamp for Trump’s harmful agenda to make health care unaffordable – just like he was last summer.”