GOP Senators, although they’re not all up for re-election come the 2018 midterm elections, are by and large facing angry constituencies across the country. After all, with the ascent of Donald Trump to power exposing these people as completely willing to go along with whatever belligerent proposal they think will get them ahead, it’s not like constituents of Republican U.S. Senators have much to be happy about.
On Saturday, just like has happened so many times across the country in recent months, Nevada GOP Senator Dean Heller held a town hall and faced constituents of his, who were concerned with his willingness to go along with President Trump’s well documented belligerence. He, or someone closely associated with him, had one of those constituents thrown out of the town hall for standing up and saying something to him; it’s not as though this woman seems to have been being violent or excessively belligerent, but Heller apparently can’t tolerate the slightest bit of dissent and was fine with her being thrown out anyway.
The woman who was booted from Heller’s town hall — Laura Packard — suffers from stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma. For her, like for so many others, the issue of whether or not the Affordable Care Act survives is literally a life and death issue. She can’t just get along fine without her health care.
The national GOP tried to get the ACA repealed earlier this year — which provided the backdrop for Packard’s above tweet — but through enough GOP Senators refusing to get on board with the party’s plan, including, perhaps most infamously, Sen. John McCain, the party’s plans to repeal the ACA outright were put on hold for the time being.
Although the bill has yet to become law, the Senate recently passed a tax reform bill that includes a repeal of the ACA’s mandate that essentially everyone in the country obtain health care. If that mandate is officially repealed, it could cause the ACA health care system to collapse even further than it already has, thanks to the GOP, since insurance companies will only be providing coverage to individuals who are in need and those who aren’t don’t have to contribute to the market.
These issues make the issue of the future of the ACA an acute one for Packard, but Heller didn’t seem to care.
It’s the Senate’s recent passage of an individual mandate repeal that Packard pressed Heller on, saying:
‘Why are you voting for me to lose my health care? Without it, I will die.’
Heller didn’t directly respond to Packard’s question, instead rambling on about how repealing the ACA’s individual mandate supposedly isn’t such a bad thing.
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Packard added some comments of her own on Twitter, saying she’d been “threatened” by security before the event she was kicked out of even started.
Heller has a good reason to behave in this way — his hesitation earlier this year to support the GOP’s health care plan earned him a thinly veiled threat to his political future from the president.
Speaking of the Nevada Senator’s hesitation to support the party’s then-proceeding plan to repeal the ACA, Trump commented of him:
‘Look, he wants to remain a senator, doesn’t he?’
Speaking directly to Heller, he added, “I think the people of your state, which I know very well, I think they’re going to appreciate whenever you do” come around to supporting the GOP’s effort to repeal the ACA.
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