Heller Makes Desperate Attempt to Distract from His Record Attacking Coverage Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions

Heller is still pushing a Republican repeal bill that weakens coverage protections for pre-existing conditions

Last year, Sen. Dean Heller voted to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and added his name to legislation that would weaken coverage protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Now, he’s in damage control mode.

After months of silence in response to the Trump Administration’s legal efforts to end these protections, Heller put his name on a desperate and half-hearted attempt by Senate Republicans to save face on pre-existing conditions if the GOP lawsuit against the ACA is successful.

Here’s a timeline on Heller’s failure to stand up to GOP attacks on pre-existing conditions protections:

7/27/17: Heller put his name on the radical Graham-Cassidy legislation that would weaken coverage protections for pre-existing conditions.

6/14/18: Heller’s office refused to comment on the Republican lawsuit to invalidate the ACA and overturn these protections for pre-existing conditions.

8/3/18: Heller again refused to comment on the Republican lawsuit to invalidate the ACA and overturn these protections for pre-existing conditions.

7/6/18: Heller said he’s still working “to this day” to pass his radical repeal legislation that would weaken coverage protections for pre-existing conditions.

7/19/18: Heller refused to sign on to a Senate resolution that defended these coverage protections for pre-existing conditions.

8/17/18: Heller again refused to comment on the Republican lawsuit to overturn these coverage protections for pre-existing conditions and the Senate resolution to defend the ACA.

Rosen for Nevada spokesperson Molly Forgey released the following statement:

“Sen. Heller is a repeat offender on failing to defend coverage protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and now he’s come up with a pathetic attempt at damage control at the 11th hour. Nevadans deserve a Senator who has the backbone to consistently put their interests and their health care ahead of partisan politics. Jacky Rosen has been working tirelessly in Congress to safeguard these coverage protections for pre-existing conditions, and she can actually be trusted to bring this fight to the Senate after the election in November.”