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Nevada Governor Seen as Strong Influence in Obamacare Repeal

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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (AP)

By    |   Monday, 03 Jul 2017 08:33 AM

Republican leaders are attempting to win the support of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval for the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, believing the moderate Republican governor could sway Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., toward their side, according to Politico.

"At the end of the day, it comes down to Sandoval," a Republican aide told Politico.

Sandoval has slammed parts of Obamacare saying it needs repairs, but he also has criticized Republican plans to put caps on Medicaid because of what it could mean for his state. He was the first Republican governor to sign on for Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid, which added 200,000 new enrollees, according to Politico.

"If you want my support… you gotta make sure the Republican governors that have expanded Medicaid sign off on it. I've been saying that for months. Where is Gov. Sandoval? What does he think? How does he feel about the changes that are occurring?" Sen. Heller said, Politico reports.

The governor's office confirmed to Politico that Senate leaders had contacted Sandoval, but a spokeswoman would not reveal the contents of any discussion.

Changing the way the Obamacare repeal undoes the program's expansion of Medicaid could be a way to gain Sandoval's support, observers told Politico.

"Their gamble could pay off… they're going to shape what (the bill) looks like," one Republican operative said, Politico noted.

Heller is considered to be one of the strongest holdouts on supporting the Obamacare repeal, Republican sources told Politico.

"For him, it's not about getting to a 'yes,' it's about improving the legislation to lower costs for Nevada families and businesses while protecting Nevada's most vulnerable," said Megan Taylor, a spokeswoman for the senator.

While other governors have criticized the Senate's repeal bill because of its impact on Medicaid, Heller has tied his opinion on the repeal to that of Sandoval, who has praised Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid in his state.

The Republican health bill would mean Nevada could not afford to keep the 210,000 residents that Obamacare's Medicaid expansion covered, Sandoval said at a June 23 press conference, according to The Las Vegas Sun. 

"These are the folks that are most vulnerable and barely able to make ends meet. That's why Sen. Heller and I are here together to talk about the fact that these are folks that are worth fighting for," Sandoval said.

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Republican leaders are attempting to win the support of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval for the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, believing that the moderate Republican governor could sway Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., toward their side, according to Politico.
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