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After Months of Silence on Trump Threatening Nevadans with Pre-Existing Conditions, Heller Desperately Attempts Damage Control

Months after the Trump Administration announced its support for a legal challenge arguing the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions were unconstitutional, Sen. Dean Heller has signed onto a sham piece of legislation that would still undermine health care protections if the Supreme Court rules in Trump’s favor to gut the ACA.

Nevadans shouldn’t be deceived by this tactic – since the Trump Administration made this decision, Heller has dodged any opportunity to speak out against the White House’s decision and defend the over one million Nevadans who live with a pre-existing condition. Instead, here’s how Heller’s responded:

  • From day one, Heller has refused to answer whether he disagrees with the Trump Administration’s argument that the ACA’s protections for pre-existing conditions are unconstitutional.

  • Last month, Heller refused to sign on to a Senate resolution that would defend the ACA’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions in court.

  • To this day, Heller is still working to pass his radical health care repeal plan that would weaken coverage protections for pre-existing conditions.

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

“This is a desperate, last-ditch effort by Dean Heller to try to deceive Nevadans about his real record on pre-existing conditions protections. If Heller were serious about protecting coverage for pre-existing conditions, he wouldn’t have voted to repeal legislation that protects it and wouldn’t to this day be pushing legislation to weaken it. Nevadans deserve a senator who will actually fight for their health care coverage, not break his promise to protect health care and then sign onto sham legislation to cover his tracks when there’s an election around the corner.”

BACKGROUND

2011: Heller Voted To Repeal The Affordable Care Act. In January 2011, Heller voted for: “Passage of the bill that would repeal the 2010 health care overhaul law, which requires most individuals to buy health insurance by 2014, makes changes to government health care programs and sets new requirements for health insurers. The bill would restore the provisions of law amended or repealed by the health care overhaul, and repeal certain provisions of the health care reconciliation law.” The bill passed, 245-189. [CQ, 1/19/11; HR 2, Vote 14, 1/19/11]

  • The Text Of The Bill Specifies That The Affordable Care Act Is Repealed In Its Entirety, Without Exception For Protections For Pre-Existing Conditions. “(a) Job-Killing Health Care Law.—Effective as of the enactment of Public Law 111–148, such Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.  (b) Health Care-Related Provisions In The Health Care And Education Reconciliation Act Of 2010.—Effective as of the enactment of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Public Law 111–152), title I and subtitle B of title II of such Act are repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such title or subtitle, respectively, are restored or revived as if such title and subtitle had not been enacted.” [HR 2, 1/05/11]