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Local Dems Push for "No" Vote on Healthcare Bill

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Local Democrats are busy working the phones, hoping to sway Senator Dean Heller toward a 'no' vote on the Senate's newest healthcare bill.

"For us, the repeal of the ACA is a direct threat for our family and our son," phone tree volunteer Theresa Bohannan said.

She has a two-year-old son with a congenital heart defect. She said his medical bills since he was born already total more than $1.3 million.

"For families like mine, the fear would be either being denied the services that he needs to save his life or potentially having to pay anything extra out of pocket," she said, "which would obviously bankrupt us."

Volunteers like Bohannan joined Nevada state lawmakers Julia Ratti and Amber Joiner to make their voices heard Thursday. They acknowledged that the Affordable Care Act isn't perfect and could use some work. They said they're just hoping that whatever bill comes out of Congress will be well thought-out. And they said they're willing to come to the table.

"Let's work in a bipartisan fashion to improve healthcare for Nevadans, absolutely," Ratti said. "But let's not jam through an ill-conceived bill that will remove healthcare for millions of Americans just so we can accomplish something."

If you'd like to call your representative in Congress on either side of this issue, either Republican or Democrat, you can find their contact information here.

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