Sandoval hasn't killed the health bill — yet
Stephan Savoia / AP
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is sounding deeply skeptical of the Senate health care bill because of its tight Medicaid spending limits — but he's not absolutely opposing it yet.
- "Anybody can do the rudimentary math" on the new bill's addition of $70 billion to help state insurance markets vs. more than $700 billion in Medicaid savings, he told reporters this morning at the National Governors Association meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, per the Nevada Independent.
- But Politico reports that Sandoval wouldn't say he opposes the bill. He's supposed to talk with Vice President Mike Pence at the governors' meeting.
Why it matters: Whatever Sandoval says will probably have a big influence on whether Sen. Dean Heller votes for the bill. If he votes against it — or against the motion to take up the bill — that would be enough to kill it.