Dean Heller has ANOTHER Horrible Health Care Week

Dean Heller has had another horrible week. After a summer of flip flops and broken promises on health care, his latest attempt at repealing the Affordable Care Act, the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill, is intensely unpopular with an approval rating of only 24 percent and numerous major patient and medical groups opposing it. Heller’s own Republican Governor, Brian Sandoval, also joined a group of governors opposing the bill earlier this week saying “flexibility with reduced funding is a false choice.” Sandoval’s desertion came after Heller told Nevadans he’d only support a healthcare bill Sandoval got behind. Then, just today, Arizona Senator John McCain, whose support was vitalcame out against the bill and argued for bipartisan solutions.

“It’s hard to find anyone who likes Dean Heller’s horrendous last ditch effort to take away health […]

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American Bridge Releases New Ad Highlighting Heller’s Broken Promise to Get Gov. Sandoval’s Support for Health Care Bills

American Bridge today released a new Facebook ad highlighting Dean Heller’s latest broken promise to only back health care legislation supported by Republican governors in Medicaid expansion states– like his own governor, Brian Sandoval.

In June, at a joint press conference with Governor Sandoval, Dean Heller said: “If you want my support on this legislation on health care that fixes the state of Nevada that supports these people that are on expanded Medicaid, you’ve got to make sure that the Republican Governors that have expanded this Medicaid sign off on it.”

But when Heller introduced a new disastrous health care bill last week, he couldn’t answer questions about whether Sandoval supported it, and this week, Sandoval came out against Heller’s latest legislation, sending a letter to Senate leaders asking them not to consider the bill.

Watch the ad here

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Republican Governors Reject Graham-Cassidy-Heller — Even Heller’s Own Governor

Following the call to reject the disastrous Graham-Cassidy-Heller healthcare plan by a growing bipartisan group of governors — including Sen. Dean Heller’s own governor — American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp made the following statement:

“Governors from both sides of the aisle recognize that their states would be decimated by Graham-Cassidy-Heller — ending Medicaid as we know it, stripping 32 million Americans off of their health care, and gutting protections for pre-existing conditions. Look no further than Nevada, where Sen. Dean Heller can’t even persuade his own state’s governor, Brian Sandoval, to go along with his horrific scheme. For the sake of their constituents’ health and their own political survival, Senate Republicans should abandon this partisan repeal effort and focus on bipartisan solutions that put Americans first.”

In a June joint press conference with Governor Sandoval, Heller said that he’d only support legislation that Republican governors like Sandoval supported, promising, […]

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New American Bridge Video Holds Heller Accountable for Hypocrisy, Broken Promises

American Bridge today released a video holding Dean Heller accountable for his hypocrisy and broken promises to Nevadans on healthcare.

The video shows Heller at a June press conference promising to protect Medicaid and to only back legislation that governors support –and breaking both those promises to Nevadans. The Graham-Cassidy-Heller health plan, which Heller touted earlier this week, guts Medicaid and hasn’t gotten the support of many governors, even many Republicans including Nevada’s Governor Brian Sandoval.

“Dean Heller promised Nevadan’s he’d protect their healthcare, but now, terrified that his summer of flip flopping will cost him his re-election, he’s playing to the extreme right-wing of his party and pushing a bill that rips coverage away from hundreds of thousands of Nevadans,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler. “It’s clear Dean Heller’s only real conviction is that he wants to save his own political hide. He’s broken his promises to Nevadans […]

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American Bridge Response to Graham-Cassidy-Heller Bill Presser

Republicans just can’t stop trying to gut Americans’ health care. Today, in a press conference announcing the Graham-Cassidy-Heller ACA repeal bill, which would take away health care from millions of Americans, Senators Lindsey Graham (SC), Bill Cassidy (LA), Dean Heller (NV),  Ron Johnson (WI), and Former Senator Rick Santorum (PA) touted the plan.

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler offered the following response:

“Republicans like Dean Heller and Donald Trump are dead set on destroying health care in America and the proposal they unveiled today is just the latest example. They want to strip millions of Americans of their insurance, make health care more expensive, and end Medicaid as we know it – and the Graham-Cassidy-Heller scheme is the worst one yet. No matter how they try to spin it, there’s no denying the truth: Republicans are playing politics instead of helping the people they represent for partisan political gain. The American people will hold them accountable.”
Graham-Cassidy-Heller would have disastrous consequences for American […]

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TIMELINE: Dean Heller’s Toxic Partisan Pandering on Healthcare

For the last seven years, Sen. Dean Heller has supported repealing the Affordable Care Act and voted at least 20 times to do so. But now that Republicans have control of Congress and the White House, Dean Heller wakes up every day trying to pander to a different side. He’s twisting himself in knots trying to please all sides of the healthcare debate. But he cannot hide his real record of consistently fighting against Nevadans’ healthcare.

Timeline of Dean Heller’s Healthcare Pandering

January 2011 – January 2017: Heller voted 20 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
March 2017: Heller opposed ACA repeal and promised to protect Medicaid expansion.
April 2017: Heller said he will do everything he can to “get to a yes” on ACA repeal bill.
May 2017: Heller announced opposition to the House version of ACA repeal, and again promised to protect Medicaid expansion.
June 6, 2017: Heller confirmed that he supports a seven-year phase out that would […]

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American Bridge Statement & New Ad on Dean Heller’s Never-Ending ACA Repeal Fight

“Today, Dean Heller yet again broke his promise to protect Nevadans’ health care by pushing his disastrous plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act  — all to score partisan points. By signing his name to this latest legislation — which independent studies say would end Medicaid expansion, kick over 200,000 Nevadans off their health care and raise costs for millions more — Dean Heller is sealing his political fate. Count on Nevadans to hold Heller accountable at the ballot box next November for fighting to undermine their health care,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler.

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Wrong Again, Laxalt

Following the Donald Trump’s DACA repeal, American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Not only will Laxalt refuse to look into the faces of the families whose lives would be torn apart by repealing DACA, but he also refuses to do the responsible thing for Nevada’s economy. Adam Laxalt has backed removing protections for 13,000 hardworking DREAMers who have jobs, are going to school and are improving Nevada’s economy. Nevadans deserve a leader who will look out for their best interest, not slash the state’s GDP because of politics.”

Nevada would lose $603,921,133 in GDP if 13,070 DACA Participants and 11,371 DACA workers were deported. [Center for American Progress, 7/21/2017]

Immigrant Families Attempted To Confront Laxalt Over His Opposition To DAPA And DACA, But His Staff Refused

America’s Voice: Immigrant Families Attempted To Confront Laxalt Over His Opposition To DAPA And DACA. According to a […]

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ANALYSIS: Turns Out Graham-Cassidy-Heller is the Worst Health Care Plan of All

Graham-Cassidy-Heller would cause “immediate, disproportionate harm”
and “radically restructure and deeply cut Medicaid.”
– Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Analysis

Dean Heller’s favorite health care plan, Graham-Cassidy-Heller, would decimate health care for hundreds of thousands of Nevadans and break every promise he made to his constituents about protecting their health care.

Heller endorsed Graham-Cassidy, calling it “the best way to go” and pushing it at the White House with Donald Trump.

Heller’s office told the Nevada Independent that “that the proposal would result in Nevada receiving more funding for Medicaid than it currently does under the Affordable Care Act.”

Today the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a new study about Graham-Cassidy-Heller, exposing just how devastating Heller’s plan would be for Nevada:

“The plan would eliminate the ACA’s marketplace subsidies and enhanced matching rate for the Medicaid expansion, replacing them with an inadequate block grant whose […]

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QUICK CLIP: Ralston on Morning Joe: “Heller could easily lose that primary”

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning, journalist Jon Ralston discussed Nevada Senate candidates Dean Heller and Danny Tarkanian’s rush to cozy up to Donald Trump and weighed in on Heller’s tough road in the primary. A few key moments from the interview:

“The only person who has worse numbers in Nevada than Donald Trump is Dean Heller.”
Heller and Tarkanian are “engaged in an incredible contest of oneupmanship almost everyday to show who loves Donald Trump more.”
“Dean Heller could easily lose that primary.”
“Republicans in Washington and here are fearful [Tarkanian’s] going to win that primary and lose them that senate seat.”

Watch the interview.

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