Key Nevada senator undecided on new ObamaCare repeal bill

Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerNevada becomes early Senate battleground Nevada governor Sisolak injured in car accident, released from hospital Democrats brace for tough election year in Nevada 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 CollinsReal relief from high gas prices The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden to announce increased measures for omicron Collins says she supports legislation putting Roe v. Wade protections into law MORE (R-Maine) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP anger with Fauci rises Congress's goal in December: Avoid shutdown and default Cotton swipes at Fauci: 'These bureaucrats think that they are the science' 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.