THEN VS. NOW: Dean Heller abandons Nevadans on opioids crisis as Senate health care bill guts aid for addiction

Last year, Dean Heller called opioid abuse “a major public health concern” and called for immediate steps to help afflicted communities.

That was then. Now, driven by partisan politics that put partisan point-scoring first and Nevadans last, Heller is racing to get to a yes on the Senate’s health care bill that will gut aid for addiction.

“Dean Heller is poised to vote yes for the disastrous Senate health care bill, making it clear he was lying to Nevadans when he promised he’d fight to end the opioid epidemic,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “A vote for this shameful bill means tearing away life-saving treatment from millions of Americans who need it.”

THEN: “The unfortunate reality is opioid abuse has become a major public health concern – and something needs to be done. We know this epidemic hits all ages, all socioeconomic levels, all races, and genders.” – Dean Heller on the Senate Floor in 3/3/17

NOW: The Senate’s Trumpcare bill “would place coverage out of reach and weaken patient protections for millions struggling with addiction. This means more lives lost, more communities torn apart.” – Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, 6/22/17