Come Heller or High Water: Where’s Senator Flake’s Courage?

In a press conference 298 miles away from Phoenix, Nevada’s Republican Governor Brian Sandoval and Nevada’s Republican Senator Dean Heller came together to announce their opposition to the Senate’s version of Trumpcare.

In this joint announcement, Sen. Heller said, “I cannot support a piece of legislation that takes away insurance from tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans.”

What does that say about the more than 400,000 Arizonans on Medicaid who are on the verge of losing their health coverage if this law passes?

  • Like Arizona, Nevada is a Medicaid expansion state, which provides health coverage to about 200,000 residents.

  • Like Senator Heller, Senator Flake is one the most vulnerable Republican Senators in the country.

Similarities abound, but the difference is stark: more than double the amount of people would lose their healthcare in Arizona than in Nevada.

“Sometimes it takes courage to buck your own party,” said Arizona Democratic Party Chair Alexis Tameron. “Credit due to Governor Sandoval and Senator Heller. They understand that when it comes to the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of their state’s residents, voting for or supporting this heartless bill is not an option. It’s time Senator Flake takes a stand and demonstrates that he has the courage to put the health care needs of Arizonans over a must-need political win for President Trump.”