Heller Casts Deciding Vote to Continue Trump’s Expansion of Junk Health Insurance Plans That Attack Pre-Existing Conditions Protections

Heller voted with the Senate GOP to protect short-term junk health insurance plans that don’t require coverage for pre-existing conditions or essential health benefits, and would spike costs for many Nevadans on the exchange

Sen. Dean Heller just sided with Republican leaders in Washington and cast a deciding vote against an effort to overturn the Trump administration’s new rule expanding short-term junk health insurance plans that don’t require coverage for pre-existing conditions or essential health benefits, and would spike costs for many Nevadans on the exchange. Before the vote, Heller’s office “did not respond to multiple inquiries about how he planned to vote.”

Nevada Congresswoman Jacky Rosen is a co-sponsor of the effort in the House to overturn the Trump rule expanding junk health insurance.

Heller has been desperately trying to rewrite his health care record since he caved to pressure from President Trump and broke his promise to protect Nevadans’ health care by voting for Republican efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act last year. Heller introduced reckless legislation last year with other Republican Senators that would slash coverage protections for pre-existing conditions and gut federal health care funding for Nevada. This year, Heller has refused to denounce the Trump-backed GOP lawsuit to overturn the ACA’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and he even helped introduce a new sham pre-existing conditions bill that is widely opposed by health policy experts and patient groups.

After months of falsely claiming that he supports protections for Nevadans with pre-existing conditions, Heller’s partisan vote to continue the Trump Administration expansion of junk health insurance that doesn’t require coverage for people with pre-existing conditions shows once again that he still doesn’t have the backbone to stand up for Nevadans’ health care.

Nevada Congresswoman and U.S. Senate candidate Jacky Rosen released the following statement on Heller’s vote:

“Senator Heller has tried to rewrite his record on health care but when push comes to shove, he goes right back to supporting the Republican agenda that makes health care more expensive for hardworking families and attacks protections for Nevadans with pre-existing conditions. Actions speak louder than words. Over and over again, Senator Heller promises he’ll protect our health care when he’s here in Nevada, and then he does the exact opposite when he goes back to Washington and casts his vote on the Senate floor. By casting a deciding vote to allow the Trump Administration to keep expanding these junk health care plans that allow insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions and deny coverage for essential health benefits, Dean Heller is once again caving to Republican leaders while regular Nevadans pay the price.”