Last week, the Trump Administration announced its support for a legal challenge arguing the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions are unconstitutional. Instead of denouncing and speaking out against the Administration’s dangerous move, Sen. Dean Heller’s office lied about the fact that he supports a Republican plan to weaken protections for pre-existing conditions and then declined to say whether or not he disagreed with the Trump Administration’s argument.
Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Sarah Abel released the following statement:
“Instead of standing up for the more than 1 million Nevadans who have a pre-existing condition, Sen. Heller is refusing to speak out against the Trump Administration’s argument that the ACA’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions are unconstitutional. For anyone who’s watched Sen. Heller cave and fold to pressure from the White House over the last year, Heller’s inability to speak out against the Trump Administration trying to undo coverage protections for pre-existing conditions is predictable and sad.”
Republican strategist Ford O’Connell noted that the Trump administration’s move to argue against the ObamaCare measure in court could put vulnerable Republican incumbents at risk.
“What McConnell is trying to do is protect his Senate majority, and this issue could put folks in jeopardy like Dean Heller,” O’Connell said, referring to the Republican senator from Nevada.
“One of the top issues that fires up Democrats is health care, and obviously pre-existing conditions is popular with independents,” the GOP strategist added. “It may not be the best time to bring this up.”
Megan Taylor, a spokeswoman for Heller, said “Senator Heller believes that Nevadans with pre-existing conditions should be protected. Period.” She did not respond when directly asked whether Heller disagrees with the administration’s argument.