Friday, June 23, 2017
Fifth GOP senator announces opposition to ObamaCare repeal bill
(The Hill) Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) announced Friday that he is opposed to the Senate GOP's ObamaCare repeal bill in its current form, making him the fifth GOP senator to come out against the plan.
"I’m announcing today that in this form I will not support it," Heller said during a press conference.
Appearing alongside Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R), who has been protective of ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion, Heller raised concerns about the bill's phaseout of the expansion.
"It’s going to be very difficult to get me to a yes," Heller said.
Heller, the most vulnerable GOP senator up for reelection next year, raised doubt about whether he would support any phaseout of the federal funds for Medicaid expansion, even over a longer timeline, as some other moderate GOP senators favor.