One year ago today, it was announced that Sen. Dean Heller’s legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson amendment, would not get a vote on the Senate floor – because even Republican Senators opposed the bill. This irresponsible repeal plan would have gutted Nevada’s federal health care funding, caused hundreds of thousands of Nevadans to lose health care, slashed coverage protections for pre-existing conditions, and charged older Americans more.
After the GOP’s efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act failed in July, Heller and three of his Republican colleagues pushed a new, more harmful plan in September… which drew criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike. A week before the bill died, Nevada’s Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval opposed the plan, saying “flexibility with reduced funding is a false choice.” But none of this has stopped Heller from working to this day to find 51 votes in the Senate to pass his reckless bill.