The Nevada senator's torturous rendezvous with health care politics isn't over. Of the 17 counties listed in the latest Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service map that might have no Affordable Care Act insurers at all next year, 14 were in — you guessed it — Nevada.
Context: Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate health committee, and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray are pushing hard for a bipartisan short-term stabilization package in September. Conservative groups have all but already branded such a package an "insurer bailout."
Heller — up for re-election next year — is just two weeks removed from the debacle of the GOP's health care bill, where he started as an opponent but ended up not taking much of a firm stance on anything.