Dean Heller becomes fifth Senate Republican to oppose GOP health care bill

As a military veteran who uses the VA, and as someone who now works in the health care field, I believe a single-payer Medicare-for-all system is the only one that will truly work.

"I can not support a piece of legislation that takes insurance away from tens of millions of Americans", he said at a news conference in Las Vegas, standing next to Nevada's Republican governor, Brian Sandoval.

Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada told reporters on Friday that he will not vote for Senate Republican leadership's healthcare bill as it stands now.

Heller, who is up for reelection in 2018, has expressed concerns about the way the measure addresses the future of Medicaid.

Nevada, like most states, expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

The American Health Care Act, passed by the House of Representatives, would take health care away from 23 million Americans, including 777,000 Pennsylvanians.

The senator also said that he wants to bring down insurance premiums, which the bill doesn't do.

Sandoval agreed with Heller, saying, "The current bill as written is something that needs to change".

The Republican-backed legislation includes significant cuts to Medicaid and repeals billions of tax dollars that were used to raise money for ObamaCare's coverage expansion while rolling back the mandate to purchase coverage.

Those senators are Ted Cruz of Texas; Ron Johnson of Wisconsin; Rand Paul of Kentucky; and Mike Lee of Utah.

Facing unanimous Democratic opposition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell must get yes votes from 50 of the 52 GOP senators to avoid a defeat that would be a major embarrassment to President Donald Trump and the entire Republican Party.

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