In a new “interview” in the safe confines of conservative talk radio, Sen. Dean Heller blatantly lied through his teeth (again) about his reckless health care plan protecting pre-existing conditions and Medicaid expansion.
TRANSCRIPT (LISTEN HERE)
HELLER: “Well, first of all I wrote the replacement legislation for the Republicans, so the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill is the replacement. So we are going to expand the size of the Senate, I have no doubt that that will occur. We will replace Obamacare with a bill that one, does protect pre-existing conditions, does protect Nevada and its expanded Medicaid, and does help these young adults stay on their parents’ health care until they’re 26 years of age.”
BUT IN REALITY…
Heller is trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which includes the protections Heller says he wants, with his Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill, which doesn’t fully protect pre-existing conditions and guts Medicaid funding for Nevada.
GRAHAM CASSIDY HELLER JOHNSON WOULD SLASH PROTECTIONS FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS
PolitiFact: “Graham-Cassidy, The GOP Alternative To Obamacare, Weakens Protections For Pre-Existing Conditions.” [PolitiFact, 9/22/17]
CBPP: Graham-Cassidy-Heller “Eliminates Or Weakens Protections For People With Pre-Existing Conditions.”[Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 9/25/17]
CNN: “States Could Opt To Once Again Allow Carriers To Base Premiums On A Person’s Medical History… So Those With Pre-existing Conditions Could Find Themselves Unable To Afford Insurance Or To Only Buy Bare Bones Policies That Don’t Cover The Treatments They Need.” [CNN, 9/21/17]
CAUSE NEVADA TO LOSE BILLIONS IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR MEDICAID
According To An Analysis By Avalere, Nevada Would See A $4 Billion Loss In Federal Funding Under Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Compared To Current Law Between 2020 And 2027. [Avalere, 9/26/17]
Nevada Independent: “Sandoval Doubles Down On Criticism Of Heller-sponsored Measure; State Analysis Highlights Up To $2 Billion Loss.” [Nevada Independent, 9/21/17]
TPM: “After Medicaid Dance This Summer, Heller Backs New Bill That Would Gut Medicaid.” [Talking Points Memo, 9/13/17]
CNN: “Analyses Have Found [Heller’s Plan] Actually Slashes Medicaid Funding, Particularly For States Like Nevada That Expanded The Program Under Obamacare.” [CNN, 9/21/17]
AND RESULT IN HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF NEVADANS LOSING THEIR HEALTH CARE COVERAGE
Center For American Progress Projected That The Graham Cassidy Heller Johnson Bill To Repeal The Affordable Care Act Would Result In 243,000 Nevadans Losing Health Coverage By 2027. [Center for American Progress, 9/20/17]