Today, President Donald Trump “strongly endorse[d]” Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt, erasing any doubt that Laxalt would join Trump in gleefully ripping away health care from hardworking Nevadans.
Trump and Congressional Republicans have tried and failed to take health care away from millions of Americans. But that hasn’t deterred Trump from his obsessive crusade to dismantle our health care system — and he and Laxalt are already on the same page when it comes to denying access to care to Nevadans.
Trump has intentionally sabotaged insurance markets by ending cost-sharing reduction payments, which keep premiums affordable for low-income Americans. When the state asked Attorney General Laxalt to consider suing to stop Trump, he ignored the request.
Trump wants to eliminate Medicaid expansion, and in February, Laxalt joined Trump in opposing Nevada’s Medicaid expansion, admitting he would have turned away billions in free federal dollars to cover hundreds of thousands of Nevadans.
Laxalt and Trump stand in stark contrast to Gov. Brian Sandoval, who was the first Republican governor to support Medicaid expansion and who called ending cost-sharing reduction payments “devastating.”
Nevada State Democratic Party spokeswoman Helen Kalla released the following statement:
“With Adam Laxalt as his puppet in Carson City, Donald Trump would run roughshod over Nevadans’ health care. Nevadans need a governor who will stand up to Trump’s reckless agenda, not a lackey like Laxalt who lets his big donors and political allies set the agenda. Democrats look forward to drawing the sharp contrast between our fight for access to health care and Laxalt and Trump’s mission to take it away.”