Republican Congressman Mark Amodei has some advice for his high school buddy, Sen. Dean Heller: tell Nevadans why you changed your position on health care last year. During a recent interview with The Nevada Independent, Amodei criticized Heller for failing to explain why he flip-flopped on the GOP’s efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Amodei said that he thinks Heller should address why he changed his mind last summer amid Senate Republicans’ attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Early in the summer, Heller stood alongside Gov. Brian Sandoval and said he would not vote to open debate on a repeal-and-replace proposal because he thought it would threaten health care for millions of Americans and many Nevadans. Then, a little less than a month later, he voted to open debate on the same proposal with no alternative proposal he seemed comfortable with in sight.
“It’s like, hey, it’s pretty clear you changed your mind, you probably ought to tell people why,” Amodei said, adding, “But if it goes unaddressed, I just think it’s something that you’ve got the ability to address, and you probably ought to.”
Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Sarah Abel released the following statement:
“Even Dean Heller’s close friend and fellow Republican in Congress thinks he needs to address and explain his health care flip-flop to voters. Nevadans already know that Dean Heller sold them out and broke his promise to protect their health care because he’s a spineless politician who caves to his party leaders and big donors. But we hope Sen. Heller decides to listen to Congressman Amodei’s advice that he ought to tell people why he caved and expound on his health care gymnastics to voters.”