Nevada Sen. Dean Heller and fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate killed a measure to block a recent Trump administration rule to expand short-term health insurance plans — plans critics refer to as “junk” plans because they need not cover pre-existing conditions.
Immediately after the vote, Heller’s opponent, Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen, blasted Heller for “casting a deciding vote to allow the Trump administration to keep expanding these junk health care plans that allow insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions and deny coverage for essential health benefits.”
In several polls in Nevada and nationally, health care has ranked consistently as the issue voters name as most important, and Democrats have been campaigning hard on the issue — especially in Nevada, given Heller’s shifting positions on repealing key elements of the Affordable Care Act.
The Trump administration argues that expanding the short-term plans provides people with more health care insurance flexibility. Heller did not release a statement following Wednesday’s vote.