Rosen pounces on Heller vote to protect “junk” insurance plans

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heller and rosenNevada 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.



Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.


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