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FRIDAY POP QUIZ: Dean Heller’s Real Record on Pre-Existing Conditions

It’s pop quiz time! Sen. Dean Heller is trying to rewrite his record on protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and the NV Dems are here to test your knowledge.

No cheating—do your best, then scroll below for the answers!

  1. When was Heller’s first vote to gut the Affordable Care Act’s protections for those with pre-existing conditions?
    1. 2017
    2. 2011
    3. 2015
  2. TRUE OR FALSE: Last year, Heller caved under pressure from Trump and voted to advance a Republican health care plan that could make people with pre-existing conditions unable to purchase affordable health insurance.
    1. True
    2. False
  3. What’s the name of the radical health care repeal plan Heller is still working to pass “to this day” that would slash coverage protections for pre-existing conditions and is opposed by Gov. Sandoval?
    1. The Selling Out Nevadans’ Health Care Act
    2. Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson
    3. The Bill of Broken Promises
  4. TRUE OR FALSE: Heller has denounced 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 and should be overturned.
    1. True
    2. False
  5. Did Heller sign on to the Senate resolution to defend the constitutionality of the ACA’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions in federal court?
    1. Of course he did!
    2. No, he refused.
  6. In August 2018, Heller helped introduce a bill that purports to protect people with pre-existing conditions but actually doesn’t maintain current protections. Who criticized Heller’s legislation?
    1. GOP Senator Susan Collins
    2. The executive director of the Nevada Silver State Health Insurance Exchange
    3. Health policy experts from the Kaiser Family Foundation
    4. All of the above
  7. The pre-existing conditions legislation that Heller helped introduce in August 2018 has been described as:
    1. A mirage
    2. A lie
    3. Like throwing a 10 foot rope to somebody in a 20 foot hole
    4. A fraud
    5. All the above
  8. Who benefits the most from Heller’s actual voting history on health care?
    1. Nevadans
    2. Big insurance companies
    3. Dean Heller
    4. B & C


  1. B. Heller voted to completely repeal the Affordable Care Act without any type of replacement or exception for pre-existing conditions.
  2. True. After standing with Gov. Brian Sandoval last year and vowing not to support legislation that would take health care away from hundreds of thousands of Nevadans, Heller folded to pressure from his donors and President Trump and broke his promise. According the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the bill Heller voted to advance would have made it so those with pre-existing conditions “would ultimately be unable to purchase comprehensive nongroup health insurance at premiums comparable to those under current law, if they could purchase it at all.”
  3. B. Heller is still looking desperately for a 51st vote in favor of the repeal plan he put his name on – but all of these names could aptly describe the bill!
  4. False. Heller has repeatedly refused to oppose the GOP lawsuit.
  5. B. Heller declined to sign on to the resolution.
  6. D. Everyone from a Republican Senator to Nevada’s top health exchange official to widely respected health care policy experts are slamming Heller’s phony bill.
  7. E. Because Heller’s bill is a sham.
  8. D. Heller’s voting record has been great for corporate special interests and his own campaign coffers – but he’s been selling out Nevadans, and hardworking families are paying the price.