Key Nevada senator undecided on new ObamaCare repeal bill

Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Lobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE (R-Nev.), one of the most-watched votes on the GOP ObamaCare repeal bill, on Thursday said he is undecided on the legislation because he needs to read it over the weekend.

“I'm going to take a look at the bill,” he told reporters Thursday. “We'll read it over the weekend and come up with a decision and see if there's any improvements.”

Heller, who is facing a tough reelection race in 2018, had opposed the initial version of the bill in strong terms, warning of its cuts to Medicaid and the millions of people who would lose coverage.

"It’s going to be very difficult to get me to a yes," he said last month.

The Medicaid cuts, including ending funds for the expansion of the program in 2024, remain largely the same in the new version of the bill.


Asked about the Medicaid cuts, though, Heller said only that he still needed to look over the bill.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) has forcefully defended keeping the federal funds for Medicaid expansion and has opposed the bill.

Asked if he could support the bill if Sandoval remained opposed, Heller did not give a definitive answer.

“Everything matters. Everything at this point matters, so having that discussion does matter,” he said.

Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Stagwell President Mark Penn says Trump is losing on fighting the virus; Fauci says U.S. 'going in the wrong direction' in fight against virus GOP senators debate replacing Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a federal holiday Senate passes extension of application deadline for PPP small-business loans MORE (R-Maine) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP Arizona lawmaker says Fauci and Birx 'undermine' Trump's coronavirus response Fauci: 'We are not going in the right direction' FBI says Breonna Taylor case is 'top priority' for Louisville agents MORE (R-Ky.) are already opposed to the bill. Heller is seen as one of the other GOP senators most likely to vote no. Three Republicans opposing the bill would mean it would fail.