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News Monday, Jul 31 2017

Heller at the White House, Plotting to Dismantle Medicaid Expansion

Jul 31, 2017

Dean Heller can’t stop fighting to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, despite promising Nevadans he’d fight for their health care.

On Friday, following the defeat of Heller’s “skinny” plan which would have kicked 16 million Americans off their health care — and hiked premiums for Nevadans by $995 on average next year — Heller went to the White House with Sen. Lindsey Graham to find a path forward.

But the Graham-Cassidy-Heller proposal, which Heller enthusiastically endorsed last week, would actually break Heller’s promises. Heller’s hypocrisy is galling…
MAY: “We cannot pull the rug out from under states like Nevada that expanded Medicaid,” Heller said.
NOW: “Sharply cut federal funding for Medicaid expansion…with funding ending altogether after 2026,” and implementing a “damaging per capita cap on federal funding for the rest of Medicaid,” according to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.
Heller’s new proposal, which he is negotiating in conjunction with the Trump White House, would end funding for Medicaid expansion in 2026 and make major cuts to the rest of Medicaid and financial assistance for people buying insurance in the marketplaces.
“After casting the deciding vote to move forward with Obamacare repeal, Heller should feel humiliated by the failure of the bill on Thursday. But Heller is back at it again, meeting at the White House to negotiate a bill that ends Medicaid expansion and breaks all his promises to Nevadans. It’s clear that Nevadans have just one way to protect their healthcare: defeat Heller at the ballot box next November. Count on them to do just that,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

Published: Jul 31, 2017

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