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Nevada politicians respond to health care bill being pulled

Posted at 7:47 PM, Mar 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-24 22:47:22-04

Both Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Congresswoman Dina Titus issued their responses Friday after the health care bill was pulled.

Sandoval statement:

“I remain committed to working with our federal delegation and President Trump’s administration on issues that could affect Nevada. I am focused on getting my legislative priorities and budget passed this session and now we know that the federal healthcare structure currently in place will remain the law that we must continue to plan from and abide by.”

Titus statement:

“Since I voted for the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the state’s uninsured rate has been cut nearly in half and almost all Nevada children have gained coverage. Republicans have repeatedly tried to repeal, sabotage, and disparage the ACA. Today’s move by the GOP underscores that the American people do not want a law that will increase premiums, deductibles, and out-of-pocket costs so the wealthiest of Americans can get a tax break.

“Trumpcare would eliminate coverage for more than 44,000 people in my district, 153,000 people in Nevada, and 24 million people in the nation. Medicaid expansion would be discarded. Women’s health care programs would lose more than $200 million over the next decade. Nevadans with mental health and substance abuse disorders would be stripped of some or all of their coverage. Small businesses would no longer receive assistance to provide plans for employees. Older Americans could be charged five times more than younger people for coverage. Doctors, economists, community leaders, and working families agree: This bill is bad for our nation.

“I am confident that the voices of Americans will continue to be heard. People may not remember who gave them health care, but they will remember who takes it away.”