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Nevadans’ Health Care is on the Chopping Block — But Laxalt Refuses to Defend It

Oral arguments in Texas v. Azar begin today, and on trial are protections for the more than 400,000 Nevadans with pre-existing conditions as well as Gov. Brian Sandoval’s Medicaid expansion, which covers over 250,000 additional Nevadans. Even though Republican attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt has said he wouldn’t “roll back” Sandoval’s Medicaid expansion if elected, he refuses to join the lawsuit to defend our country’s health care system against yet another partisan attempt to dismantle it.

By staying silent, Laxalt is refusing to defend Medicaid expansion, coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, affordable prescriptions for seniors, funding to combat the nationwide opioid epidemic, and more. But this isn’t the first time Laxalt has failed to stand up for Nevadans’ health care.


  • Pres. 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 January, 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:

“Adam Laxalt’s refusal to defend Nevada families’ access to affordable, quality health care is inexcusable. By staying on the sidelines, Laxalt is choosing to do nothing rather than side against Trump or his own special interest donors. Health care is personal, and Nevadans want a governor who will stand up to anyone to protect it — not a lackey like Laxalt who will leave families hanging out to dry.”