U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R) has been a pivotal vote on health care all year. Though he’s previously voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare), Heller has since positioned himself as a key swing vote on ACA repeal this year. Where does he stand now? Here’s a recap of the past month of Heller’s health care flips and flops.
Dean Heller (finally) takes a stand…
On June 23, Senator Heller appeared alongside Governor Brian Sandoval (R) in denouncing the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), Senate Republicans’ version of Trumpcare. At the time, Heller said, “This bill will mean a loss of coverage for millions of Americans and many Nevadans.”
Until he wavers under pressure before the July 4 holiday.
After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) conceded Trumpcare would have to wait until after Congress’ July 4 recess, Heller refused to give a clear answer to a CNN reporter asking where he stood.
Heller then let his fellow Senate Republicans kill the bill.
As Heller wavered, Sandoval continued to voice opposition to Trumpcare. And as Heller continued to hedge his bets, Senators Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), and Mike Lee (R-Utah) delivered the final death blow to (this version of) Trumpcare Monday night.
That didn’t stop Donald Trump from lashing out at Heller.
Sen Heller's reaction when Pres Trump says "And he wants to remain a Senator, doesn't he?" is priceless –> https://t.co/83EyrSmwbr
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) July 19, 2017
At a White House luncheon on Wednesday, Trump issued this political threat to Heller: “Look, he wants to remain a Senator, doesn’t he?” Heller sat next to Trump, smiling and applauding as Trump vowed to revive the same legislation Heller denounced in June.
Where does Heller stand now?
Speaking to a Bloomberg reporter Wednesday, Heller again refused to take a clear stand.
`There's so many moving parts on this that I don't want to commit to anything at this point,' GOP Sen Dean Heller says of health bill
— Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) July 19, 2017