Now there’s a figure we haven’t seen before.
When the topic of ObamaCare comes up in Nevada media there is invariably a reference to the number of Nevadans who gained health insurance coverage under the law. That number usually ranges from 200,000 to 400,000, but is probably really closer to 220,000.
But down in the penultimate paragraph of a front page story in the Las Vegas newspaper Sen. Dean Heller explains why he voted for the “skinny” repeal of ObamaCare, the bill that would have ended the penalties for individuals who don’t buy health insurance and companies that don’t offer health insurance as a benefit. The bill, unlike a previous one that Heller voted against, did not touch the expanded Medicaid roles that Gov. Brian Sandoval approved.
“Heller said he voted to repeal the Obamacare individual mandate because 90,000 people in Nevada are paying the tax penalty because they can’t afford insurance,” the story reports.
Heller’s only declared Democratic opponent in the 2018 election, Rep. Jacky Rosen, has lambasted that “skinny” vote and Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto voted to continue those penalties on 90,000 Nevadans.
According to a published report, those penalties will still apply in the 14 counties that in 2018 will have no ObamaCare eligible insurance providers, unless Congress changes that.
Video falsely claims Heller changed his vote: