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SHOT/CHASER: Heller Struggles with the Truth on Medicaid Expansion

SHOT

September 18, 2018: Heller: “I’ve Not Supported Any Piece Of Legislation That Took And Removed Expanded Medicaid.” [KSNV, 09/18/18]

HELLER: “Having said that, there is legislation out there. And when I met with the Governor and did that, and it wasn’t well covered, and hasn’t been well reported since then. What I said is that I will support any measure that’s protected pre-existing conditions and expanded Medicaid, and that’s what the Governor did. We covered 300,000 Nevadans because of expanded Medicaid. I’ve not supported any piece of legislation that took and removed expanded Medicaid. So we’ve protected the state Nevada. The Governor will even tell you that. We’ve protected the state of Nevada to make sure that those people who benefited from expanded medicaid continue to receive those benefits.”

CHASER

January 2011: Heller Voted To Repeal The Affordable Care Act, Including the Medicaid Expansion. 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 The bill would restore the provisions of law amended or repealed by the health care overhaul, and repeal certain provisions of the health care reconciliation law.”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]

December 2015: Heller Voted To Repeal Portions Of The Affordable Care Act., Including the Medicaid Expansion. In December 2015, Heller voted for: “Passage of the bill that would repeal portions of the 2010 health care law and block federal funding for Planned Parenthood for one year. As amended, the bill would zero-out the law’s penalties for noncompliance with the law’s requirements for most individuals to obtain health coverage and employers to offer health insurance. As amended, it also would scrap in 2018 the law’s Medicaid expansion, as well as subsidies to help individuals buy coverage through the insurance exchanges. It also would scrap certain taxes included in the law, including the tax on certain high-value employer-sponsored health insurance plans.” The bill passed, 52-47. [CQ, 12/3/15; H.R. 3762, Vote 329, 12/3/15]