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NEW INTERVIEW: Heller STILL Wants to Take Away Coverage Protections for Nevadans With Pre-Existing Conditions

Dean Heller admitted in a new interview he still wants to take away coverage protections for Nevadans with pre-existing conditions. The comments again spotlight an issue that continues to be a liability in Heller’s reelection and reminds voters that he lied to them when he promised to protect their health care but then caved to pressure from Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell.

Heller voted to advance and wrote bills that would strip Nevadans of protections for their pre-existing conditions coverage, in addition to imposing an age tax and spiking premiums. He’s also stood by as the GOP continues to sabotage affordable health care with proposals that expand junk health insurance plans and raise premiums, and a lawsuit to declare coverage protections for pre-existing conditions unconstitutional.

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman David Bergstein released the following statement: “Heller’s the one who made a ‘big mistake’ when he voted to slash coverage protections for pre-existing conditions and raise the cost of care for Nevadans. Heller already broke his promise to protect Nevadans’ health care, and this interview is more evidence he still wants to take it away. Voters will hold him accountable.”

Washington Examiner: Dean Heller says GOP made ‘big mistake’ by tackling Obamacare first

  • Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., believes Republican lawmakers made a “big mistake” by pushing to repeal the Affordable Care Act as their first big legislative move at the outset of the Trump administration.
  • Heller, who is facing a bruising re-election fight in November, argued that Republicans could have moved repeal and replace legislation to the president’s desk if they had waited longer and dealt with tax reform and a transportation package from the start.
  • Republicans, he said, “were not ready” for the battle they waged and paid the price.
  • “We jumped in with two feet and we were not ready. We weren’t ready, and the results were obvious,” Heller said.
  • Healthcare has been a main topic in Heller’s re-election campaign and a key talking point for Rep. Jacky Rosen, his Democratic opponent. Rosen has already released two ads hitting Heller for what she argues is his waffling on the issue.

Read full article here.

 

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