News has broken that Anthem will stop offering health plans under the Affordable Care Act in nearly all of Nevada’s rural counties, specifically blaming the uncertainty caused by the Republican health care plan in the U.S. Senate.Roughly 8,000 rural Nevadans will lose their access to insurance, with no alternatives to buy a different plan on the exchange. Prominence also decided to pull out of the state’s exchange entirely.
From Stewart Boss, Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson: “Nevada families are already feeling the harmful effects of the Republican health care agenda in Washington, and Senator Heller – who has voted 20 times to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act – is a major part of the problem. The uncertainty and instability caused by Dean Heller and Senate Republicans continuing their efforts to pass their toxic health care plan, combined with the GOP’s efforts to disrupt the exchanges, is now creating havoc in Nevada’s rural counties. The thousands of Nevadans who will lose their health care plans or lose access to health insurance through the exchange have Dean Heller and Donald Trump to blame for this turmoil.”
Rep. Joe Kennedy III speaking at 4:15AM this morning on the impact of the Republican’s #TrumpedUpCare bill on those who receive Medicaid benefits for #LongTermCare ….so much for Republicans NOT picking “winners and losers” … about 6.9 MILLION seniors across America who could find themselves turfed out of care when there’s no way to pay the bill for their care.
“While Adam Laxalt is off gallivanting in Washington, he still hasn’t shown up for a single committee presentation in Carson City. It’s becoming abundantly clear that Attorney General Laxalt cares more about shaking hands with Donald Trump and talking to die-hard Tea Party activists at CPAC than doing his actual job,” said Nevada State Democratic Party Chair Roberta Lange. “After suing the Obama administration for everything under the sun, it’s no wonder the most partisan Attorney General in Nevada’s history is turning a blind eye to the federal overreach and recklessness coming out of Donald Trump’s White House.”
Five years ago, a PAC called “The Agenda Project” released a TV ad, warning that GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan had a plan to wipe out the current Medicare system, voucherize it with a plan where seniors would be given a flat dollar voucher amount and thrown to the wolves of a deregulated private insurance market. Well surprise …
Dean Heller is the only Republican senator up for re-election in 2018 who serves a state won by both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, meaning he’ll be the DSCC’s top target this cycle … if he in fact runs again. But he might instead prefer to run for Nevada’s open governorship, a possibility he now says he will “consider.” That’s a somewhat stronger statement of interest than the last time he spoke publicly about this race back in May, when all he would say is, “I always keep my options open.”
Heller would almost certainly be the GOP’s strongest candidate for governor, but he was fairly hostile to Trump all year, which has almost certainly pissed off a certain segment of Republican primary voters. That could inspire an opponent from the unabashedly racist wing of the party to throw up a roadblock for Heller if he ran for governor, something he likely wouldn’t face if he seeks another term in the Senate.