WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List took on Nevada Senator Dean Heller for his long history of undermining affordable health care access and reproductive care for women. Despite his very recent, entirely self-serving opposition to the cruel Republican Senate health care bill, Heller has and continues to be a major obstacle when it comes to women accessing the care they need. In response, Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“At a time when Nevada’s women need a champion in the Senate, Dean Heller has continued to be utterly spineless. His empty declaration of opposition actually left the door wide open to flip-flopping and supporting the devastating Republican health care bill. Nevadans know the truth: that Dean Heller has long supported ending Medicaid expansion. With maternity care, reproductive health care access, and Planned Parenthood funding on the line, women don’t need a light, politically motivated rebuke from Heller. They need a real leader, who will fight to protect health care for millions of Nevadans. Heller has never been and will never be the Senator they need. Women cannot and should not ever trust Dean Heller with their health care.”
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