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REMINDER: Heller Has Repeatedly Refused to Oppose The GOP Lawsuit Targeting Pre-Existing Conditions Protections

As oral arguments start today in the federal lawsuit that would strip protections for hundreds of thousands of Nevadans living with a pre-existing medical condition, voters are being reminded of Sen. Dean Heller’s craven silence on this lawsuit. Heller has refused multiple opportunities to denounce the Trump Administration’s decision to support a legal challenge arguing the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions are unconstitutional:

 

 

 

 

Instead of joining his opponent Jacky Rosen in opposing the GOP lawsuit, Heller decided to introduce a sham bill that has been described as “a lie,” “a fraud,” an illusion, “a mirage,” and “kind of like throwing a 10 foot rope to somebody in a 20 foot hole.”

According to Nevada’s top health exchange official, Heller’s bill “arguably weakens [the ACA’s pre-existing conditions protections] to the detriment of consumers, providers and Nevada’s public health.”

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

“If Dean Heller had the spine to fight for people with pre-existing conditions, he’d stop supporting Republican plans in Congress to slash coverage protections for pre-existing conditions and he’d stand up against his party’s effort to overturn the Affordable Care Act’s pre-existing conditions protections in federal court. Roughly one in four Nevadans have a pre-existing medical condition. This GOP lawsuit and Senator Heller’s partisan agenda are a direct attack on health care protections for hundreds of thousands of Nevada families.”