WATCH: With Heller in the Audience, Trump Brags in Las Vegas About Gutting Obamacare

Trump: “Obamacare is on its last legs. It’s almost finished… Because we’ve essentially gutted it anyway”

On the one-year anniversary of Sen. Dean Heller standing next to Gov. Brian Sandoval and promising to protect Nevadans’ health care, he was back in Las Vegas… but a lot can change in a year. This time around, Heller was sitting happily in the audience at the Nevada GOP state convention while President Trump mocked Sen. John McCain’s vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and bragged about gutting the law. Watch here.

TRUMP: “Obamacare is on its last legs. It’s almost finished. Don’t forget I had it finished! Did we have it? It was done! Repeal and replace Obamacare. It was done until early in the morning. A man walked in and he said thumbs down, thumbs down. That was not good. And nobody knew he was going to do that. He campaigned on repeal and replace. He campaigned for years: repeal and replace, repeal and replace! Nobody talked to him. Nobody needed to; it was a done deal! And then he walked in. Thumbs down. It’s all right. Because we’ve essentially gutted it anyway and we now have really good stuff coming.”

After that press conference one year ago, Heller went back to Washington, got pressure from President Trump, and caved just weeks later. Heller voted for a repeal bill that would spike health insurance premiums and cause millions to lose coverage… then he put his name on another radical repeal bill that would slash Medicaid funding for Nevada, allow insurance companies to charge some older Americans thousands more, and even jeopardize coverage protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Republicans have gutted key portions of the ACA in the past year in ways that will spike health insurance premiums for millions by ending the cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments and eliminating the ACA’s requirement for all Americans to have health coverage.

Nevada Congresswoman and candidate for U.S. Senate Jacky Rosen released the following statement:

“While Sen. Heller applauds President Trump’s attacks on Nevadans’ health care, I’ll never stop fighting against these reckless Republican plans that make health care more expensive, slash protections for pre-existing conditions, and undermine access to care for hardworking families. Nevadans deserve better than a Senator who will fold under pressure and sell out their health care to score political points with the White House. While Sen. Heller and President Trump are bragging about their efforts to gut and sabotage the ACA, I’ll be standing up for mending the law, improving our health care system, and bringing down costs for regular Nevadans.”