July 27, 2017 Press Releases

RECAP: Senator Heller Created a Total Self-Inflicted Mess for Himself on Health Care This Week, Infuriating Everyone

by Nevada Democrats

On Tuesday, Dean Heller once again had a chance to make his vote matter and put the brakes on the Republican health care plan. But instead of being the deciding vote against repeal, Heller broke his word, undermined Nevadans’ health care and continued to create a self-inflicted political mess for himself. Here’s a recap of Heller’s disastrous week so far…


After his deciding vote for health care repeal, Democrats are making Heller their number one target:

Roll Call: Democrats Zero In on Heller as Senate Starts Health Care Votes

POLITICO: Heller defends health care vote amid Democratic attacks

KNPR: Heller Fires Up Democrats Over Healthcare, Head of DNC Says

Nevadans are furious with Heller for caving to Trump: 

KVVU Las Vegas: Ranters sound off on Sen. Heller and health care

KKOH Reno: Healthcare Protests Planned For Reno and Las Vegas This Weekend

Los Angeles Times: Sen. Dean Heller votes to debate Obamacare repeal bill, and Nevadans give him an earful

Progressive groups are already launching brutal new ads: 

@Alex_Roarty: > @prioritiesUSA continues Dem attack on Dean Heller, running this digital spot for 3 to 5 weeks in Nevada, per spox

@RalstonReports: And a six-figure TV/digital buy coming from Save My Care vs. Heller: 

Las Vegas Sun: 'Save my son’s health care': New TV ads seek to pressure Heller 

Republicans in Nevada are revolting at Heller’s hypocrisy:

@DannyTarkanian: NV @SenDeanHeller voted AGAINST @randpaul Obamacare repeal bill today, the same bill he voted FOR just 2 years ago. #NVSEN 

@afpnevada: Hey @SenDeanHeller, why did you vote to preserve #Obamacare despite voting to repeal it two years ago?

@ColtonLochhead: Nevada arm of the Koch Brothers-funded @AFPhq on the offensive against @SenDeanHeller after he voted against 2 Obamacare repeal bills today

Heller’s sham amendment on Medicaid got crushed in a humiliating 10-90 vote:

@Alexruoff: Senate going to vote on a 'sense of the Senate' that Medicaid is important, sponsored by Dean Heller. The showiest of show votes.

@CharlesPPierce: This symbolic amendment on the importance of Medicaid is completely insulting, and it won't get Dean Heller re-elected. 

@Taniel: This is PEAK Heller. A *non-binding* statement of abstract support for Medicaid. 

@igorbobic: Heller's show vote on Medicaid goes down in flames 

The Nevada Independent: Heller-sponsored amendment expressing symbolic support for Medicaid, ACA repeal fails to move forward in overwhelming 10-90 vote

@RalstonReports: Translation: Dean Heller has only nine friends in the Senate. Sad!

Ralston Reports -- Morning Flash: “Team Heller folks decided it would be brilliant to present a nonbinding, purely symbolic measure supporting something he has never supported until now”

Senator Heller embraced the GOP’s latest repeal scheme:

@burgessev: Heller on skinny repeal: "we'll see at the end of the day what's in it, but overall I think I'd support it."

POLITICO: “Another Republican from an expansion state, Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada indicated he would back [the so-called skinny repeal].” 

Roll Call: “Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, who just a few weeks earlier expressed deep concerns with the GOP proposal to revamp the U.S. health insurance system before voting on Tuesday in support of a motion to proceed to debate on a House-passed repeal and replace measure, said he viewed the slimmed down approach ‘favorably.’”

Hours later, the nonpartisan CBO released devastating new numbers on the so-called “skinny repeal” plan and Governor Sandoval condemned the idea in a bipartisan letter:

Vox: Dems asked CBO to score rumored "skinny repeal": It would leave 16 million more uninsured

@meganmesserly: "The Senate should also reject efforts to amend the bill into a 'skinny repeal.'" — @GovSandoval and nine other govs 

@ColtonLochhead: @GovSandoval against the GOP Senate repeal efforts, including the new "skinny" repeal. @SenDeanHeller said this morning he would back it.

The Nevada Independent: Heller says he will vote for ‘skinny repeal’ if Medicaid left intact; Sandoval signs letter opposing it

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