Sen. Dean Heller was asked directly in Reno yesterday if he supported President Trump’s latest attack on pre-existing conditions protections. His answer? Deafening silence.
His silence should really come as no surprise: Heller has a long record of selling out Nevadans to please party leaders. In 2011, Heller voted to completely repeal the Affordable Care Act without any type of replacement or exception for pre-existing conditions protections. Then just last summer, after standing with Gov. Brian Sandoval 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. 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.” Two weeks ago, Heller sided with McConnell over Nevadans and cast a deciding vote to keep Trump’s junk insurance plans that will undermine protections for pre-existing conditions. And to this day, Heller is still working to pass his radical health care plan that would slash coverage protections for pre-existing conditions.