A new academic study released this week finds that the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion helped lower Nevada’s uninsured rate in the rural counties from 42 percent in 2008-2009 to 14 percent in 2015-2016—a 28 percentage point decline.
Since Dean Heller and his campaign can’t seem to keep his record straight when it comes to his wishy-washy health care stances, let’s crack open the history book and look at how he’s repeatedly opposed Medicaid expansion.
- In 2010, Heller voted against expanding Medicaid when he voted against the Affordable Care Act.
- In 2011, Heller voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act in its entirety, which would have ended the Medicaid expansion.
- In 2015, Heller voted for another Affordable Care Act repeal bill, which would have ended Nevada’s successful Medicaid expansion.
- In June 2017, Heller publicly supported a Republican plan to phase out the Medicaid expansion.
- In September 2017, Heller helped write and introduce a plan that would have ended the Medicaid expansion and gutted Medicaid funding. No wonder it drew sharp criticism from Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval.
Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Sarah Abel released the following statement:
“Medicaid expansion has increased health care access across rural Nevada, but Dean Heller has repeatedly supported efforts in Washington to roll back the Medicaid expansion. If he’s re-elected, Dean Heller is a threat to Nevadans’ health care coverage in every corner of this state.”