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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QUICK CLIPS: Morning Joe: Flake Admits New Disastrous Health Care Bill He Supports Will Hurt Arizonans…. And He Hasn’t Even Completely Read the Bill

Today in a Morning Joe interview about the new, disastrous Graham-Cassidy-Heller health care bill, Senator Jeff Flake, who supports the legislation, admitted it would leave some of his constituents worse off:

Mark Halperin: “Be honest with your constituents, some will be worse off, right?
Sen. Flake: “That’s right.”

And then, Flake conceded he hadn’t even read the entire thing:


Mike Barnicle: “Have you read the current bill that you’re going to be voting on?”
Sen. Flake: stammering “oh..ah..we’re…I’ve read a lot of it. We’re all looking at it.”
Mike Barnicle: “How long is it? 2-3 pages?”
Sen. Flake: “I don’t know the..the.. number of pages.”

“By Jeff Flake’s own admission, many of his constituents would be worse off if this disastrous bill was passed, yet still he supports it,” said American Bridge spokesperson Allison Teixeira Sulier. “That’s the height of negligence. If Flake read the entire bill, he […]

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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

“Dean Heller outright lied to Nevadans when he […]

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FLASHBACK: Earlier this Year, Graham, Cassidy, Heller Said CBO Scores Vital to Vetting Health Care Bills

This week, Senate Republicans once against exposed their partisan hypocrisy by recklessly dismissing the need for a full CBO score of the Graham-Cassidy-Heller health care bill before voting on it, even though–as recently as this summer–Senators Dean Heller, Lindsay Graham, Bill Cassidy, and many others said they needed a CBO score to evaluate health care bills.

Without a CBO score, basic information such as how many people will lose coverage, how much premiums will increase, and how much more care for common pre-existing conditions will increase will not be known. The Senate GOP’s game plan is to keep Americans in the dark — because they know the more the American people learn about their latest Trumpcare plan, the more they hate it.

“The same senators trying to ram this latest disastrous Trumpcare bill though Congress were — just months ago — eloquently explaining why a comprehensive analysis by the Congressional Budget Office […]

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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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SIREN: Arizona Governor Green-Lights Graham-Cassidy-Heller Plan To Strip Care From 32 Million Americans

“Graham-Cassidy-Heller is the worst Republican healthcare plan yet, and any politician who supports this plan is going to have to answer to their voters for putting partisan politics above their health. This plan a disaster that could strip health care from 32 million Americans, end Medicaidas we know it, and gut protections for pre-existing conditions. That’s why nearly twenty patient and healthcare provider organizations are opposing this plan. In fact, it’s hard to find anyone who supports this plan, except Republican politicians desperate to score partisan points to appease their right-wing base — at the expense of all Americans’ health care,” said American Bridge spokesman Joshua Karp.




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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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