While Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Sisolak pledged today to defend Gov. Brian Sandoval’s decision to expand Medicaid, his Republican opponent Adam Laxalt has made it clear he opposes expanding access to health care for low-income Nevadans.
Laxalt surely had plenty of time to discuss destroying Medicaid in Nevada with his latest endorser, Pres. Donald Trump, while the two were campaigning together in Las Vegas last weekend. Trump wants to eliminate Medicaid expansion, and in February, Laxalt joined Trump in opposing Nevada’s Medicaid expansion, admitting he would have turned away billions in free federal dollars to cover hundreds of thousands of Nevadans. Laxalt and Trump stand in stark contrast to fellow Republican, Gov. Sandoval, who was the first Republican governor to support Medicaid expansion.
Another one of Laxalt’s wealthy and powerful backers that wants to undermine Medicaid expansion is the Koch network, which has spent over $1 million so far to put Laxalt in the governor’s mansion. According to Tim Phillips, president of super PAC Americans for Prosperity, the Koch network sees Medicaid as an easy program to cut to get voters on board with slashing Social Security and Medicare.
Nevada State Democratic Party spokeswoman Helen Kalla released the following statement:
“Adam Laxalt would destroy the lives of the over 630,000 Nevadans who depend on Medicaid. Make no mistake — he’d throw Nevada families under the bus in a flash if it meant more praise from Trump and more cash from the Koch network of dark money donors. Nevadans have joined Americans across the country in protesting Republican efforts to gut Medicaid and repeal the Affordable Care Act, and they won’t let a special interest lacky like Laxalt rob them of their health care.”