Earlier this week four Republicans, Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Mike Lee (Utah) and Ted Cruz (Texas), all decided to oppose the Senate GOP’s Obamacare repeal bill. Now, Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) has joined his colleagues in opposing the bill.
“I’m announcing today that in this form I will not support it,” Heller said during a press conference.
When he made his announcement Heller was next to Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R0, who has been in favor of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion.
Heller said, “It’s going to be very difficult to get me to a yes.”
“You have to protect Medicaid expansion states. That’s what I want,” he said.
Heller went on to express why he wouldn’t be able to support the bill. He said that “This bill would mean a loss of coverage for millions of Americans,” adding that it would also do nothing to lower premiums.
Heller’s decision to refuse to support the bill raises further questions about whether the bill can get through the upper chamber.