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Republican Sen. Dean Heller supporting debate on new health care legislation

Posted at 11:31 AM, Jul 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-25 15:41:03-04

U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) says that he will vote yes to proceed with the debate on legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act.

The senator has  released the below statement in support of the motion to proceed to debate on Obamacare:

"Obamacare isn’t the answer, but doing nothing to try to solve the problems it has created isn’t the answer either. That is why I will vote to move forward and give us a chance to address the unworkable aspects of the law that have left many Nevadans - particularly those living in rural areas - with dwindling or no choices. Whether it’s my ideas to protect Nevadans who depend on Medicaid or the Graham-Cassidy proposal that empowers states and repeals the individual and employer mandates, there are commonsense solutions that could improve our health care system and today’s vote gives us the opportunity to fight for them. If the final product isn’t improved for the state of Nevada, then I will not vote for it; if it is improved, I will support it."


The Democratic Senatorial Campaign issued this response:

“Senator Heller has proven time and again Nevadans cannot trust him to stand up for their care and today he sealed his fate as another desperate, self-serving Washington politician too interested in helping himself to stand up for the people who elected him. His vote today – to force Nevadans to pay more for less care, to drive up premiums by 20 percent, to impose an age tax on older Americans and to strip away coverage for pre-existing conditions – will be one of his last.”