Sen. Dean Heller became the fifth Republican senator to oppose the current Senate GOP health care bill, a potential blow to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Heller joins Sens. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Ron Johnson who announced Thursday that they won’t support the current plan immediately after it was published.
“This bill that’s currently in front of the United States Senate is not the answer. It’s simply not the answer… It’s going to be very difficult to get me to a yes.”
Heller, one of the most vulnerable Republican senators in the 2018 midterm election, said the Senate GOP leaders’ claim that their health care bill would lower premiums is a “lie.”
“There isn’t anything in this bill that would lower premiums,” the Nevada senator said.
Immediately after Heller’s announcement, the pro-Trump group America First Policies reportedly decided to launch a negative ad campaign against the senator.
The Daily Caller reports:
Heller is up for reelection in the 2018 campaign year. He didn’t win his first election by a commanding margin, and he only gained 45.9 percent of the vote compared to his opponent’s 44.7 percent in the 2012 race.
The senator asserted that he wanted to include language that would “protect Medicaid expansion in states” in order for him to support the measure.
Republicans can only afford two defections to pass the bill, according to a statistics site.