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One Year Ago Today: Republicans Were Confident Heller Would Be “Bought Off” on Health Care… They Were Right

One year ago today, Washington Republicans were telling the press they were confident that Sen. Dean Heller would be “bought off” to reverse his position on health care. Just weeks before, Heller had stood side by side with Gov. Brian Sandoval and promised to protect Nevadans’ health care. But Heller didn’t have the spine to stand by his convictions. Just weeks later, Heller folded and voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act… then he got a major reward from a Mitch McConnell-linked Super PAC.

Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Sarah Abel released the following statement:

“Sen. Heller got bought off in exchange for flipping his position on health care, and his reward for caving was millions of dollars in Super PAC money to boost his re-election campaign. While hardworking Nevadans got sold out, Sen. Heller is still delivering for his donors and party leaders by working ‘to this day’ to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Nevadans are fed up with Sen. Heller’s spinelessness, and they will hold him accountable for putting his own political self-interest before their access to affordable health care.”

BACKGROUND

Axios: “Republicans Keep Telling Me Sen. Dean Heller Of Nevada, A Third Apparent ‘Nay,’ Will Be ‘Bought Off.’” “With Republicans able to lose only two senators (Vice President Pence then breaks the tie), Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky remain hard ‘no’s. Republicans keep telling me Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, a third apparent ‘nay,’ will be ‘bought off.’” [7/14/17]

New York Magazine: “Republicans Confident Senator Dean Heller Will Be ‘Bought Off,’ Pass Trumpcare.” [7/14/17]