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Reality Check: Ross Miller on Affordable Care Act

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It's not just candidates and parties slinging mud in Nevada's race for Attorney General, but Political Action Committees and political groups are in on it as well. Case in point, an ad financed by the Republican Attorneys General Association based in Washington, D.C.

It claims that Democratic candidate Ross Miller supports the Affordable Care Act as a positive move for Nevada. And then it points out where it may have hurt Nevada more than helped it. It's true that Miller is on record supporting the act. However, the facts states are questionable.

"Nevada healthcare costs rose."

That's true. The cost of healthcare nationwide has risen with the economy. And there was a report put out last year by a political action committee headed up by Sharron Angle that showed the cost of Nevada's healthcare premiums would go up by 179% under the Affordable Care Act, but the Congressional Budget Office says that didn't take into account the subsidies added into the equation and they say that applies to 80% of Nevadans on ACA policies.

"Premiums increased."

That's misleading too. The Kaiser Family Foundation released a report showing that premiums for large cities like Las Vegas increased by 1.7%...but that for rural areas it actually drop by 0.8%.

And you have to keep in mind that ACA policies cover a lot more than the pre-ACA policies did.

"Coverage was lost."

That's true...nearly 25,000 policy holders in Nevada received cancellation notices. But according to the Nevada Division of Insurance, the number of people covered has risen by 33% in the last year.

"The ACA will protect Medicare coverage for our seniors."

That's false.

While the ACA did cut $716 million from Medicare Advantage, the Congressional Budget Office report that not even a 10% cut to the $7.5 Trillion in the plan, hardly gutting it.
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