In a rare occurrence on Capitol Hill, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) negotiated a bipartisan health care bill to stabilize health insurance markets and lower costs. However, Nevada Senator Dean Heller remains tight-lipped on a bill that has a majority consensus and would protect health care coverage for the most vulnerable Nevadans.
In a bipartisan letter sent to Congress, Nevada’s Governor Sandoval urged Heller and his colleagues to give the legislation its due diligence. “Senators Alexander and Murray have negotiated in good faith and developed a bipartisan agreement that will help achieve these goals. Their legislation deserves a vote by the House and Senate.”
Despite encouragement by Gov. Sandoval, Heller’s voting record is a cause for concern. Heller has a detailed history of appeasing his Big Money political donors who prop up his campaign. Heller supported attempts to repeal the ACA this year, as he bent to the pressure from mega-donors like Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn who exercised the power they wield over Heller.
“Senator Heller’s silence on this bipartisan bill is deafening,” said Adam Bozzi, ECU communications director. “It’s no secret that Heller has a penchant for prioritizing the agenda of his biggest political donors, but people’s lives are at stake. Hundreds of thousands of Nevadans stand to lose their health care if Heller succumbs to his mega-donor backers. The clock is ticking for Senator Heller to do the right thing and stand with Nevada families.”
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