Nevada Senator Dean Heller (R) said on Friday that he could not vote for the Senate's "Obamacare Repeal" bill without revisions, sparking hopes among those who hope the bill fails to reach the required number of votes to pass.
The Washington Post said Saturday night that Heller took Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) by surprise when he announced that he could not support the current bill, particularly in light of its long-term cuts to Medicaid.
"It also prompted a Republican super PAC to plan a seven-figure advertising campaign in Nevada to pressure Heller — raising the specter of an ugly intraparty fight that could serve as a harbinger of the political clashes to come during next year’s midterm elections," wrote the Post's Sean Sullivan, Robert Costa and Kelsey Snell.
On Twitter, President Donald Trump jumped into the fray on Saturday to pressure Senate Republicans to pass the bill.
As rumors flew that the group America First Policies paid $250,000 to get #HellerVoteYes to trend on Twitter via bots and paid PR, the hashtag #HellerVoteNo began to trend.
Heller is currently being deluged with messages from people who will lose their health coverage if Obamacare is repealed and insurance companies are allowed to discriminate against women, children and people with pre-existing conditions.
The #HellerVoteNo hashtag is generating thousands of tweets. Here is a sampling of just a few:
We are being asked to vote on a bill that has life-or-death consequences for Americans without one hearing. They de… https://t.co/vqISQTH8lv— Kamala Harris (@Kamala Harris)1498318382.0
The AFP PAID to trend #HellerVoteYes, but here are actual children who will DIE without their current healthcare. S… https://t.co/jolJLMPTVI— Amee Vanderpool (@Amee Vanderpool)1498335762.0
If you have any humanity in your soul, this thread will wring your heart. THIS is why the AHCA must fail. 🔽… https://t.co/5Li06iA1Sk— HREmpress🌈💙🇺🇸 (@HREmpress🌈💙🇺🇸)1498352224.0
This is McConnell. When he's not arresting disabled people for protesting a deadly bill, his hobbies include… https://t.co/ZY0pfZs0Lv— The Hummingbird 🐦 (@The Hummingbird 🐦)1498345306.0
Retweet if u agree a stalk of broccoli would be a better President #HellerVoteNo https://t.co/RyjRzFJfAS— Scott Dworkin (@Scott Dworkin)1498324513.0
@AynRandPaulRyan @FifiVonCovfefe Sweet Boy Holly ❤️ I'm fighting for Type one #diabetics. Each of those vials are… https://t.co/5PDr6BJgNU— Julie #MaskUp (@Julie #MaskUp)1498323154.0
#HellerVoteNo https://t.co/8RQ29O3T2v— Dagu Sprachen (@Dagu Sprachen)1498352224.0
#HellerVoteNo https://t.co/j3XN8fcfry— Brenda J (@Brenda J)1498352224.0
#HellerVoteNo #PortmanVoteNo I am a real person and I care https://t.co/beCSmunx0v— Bambi Bites Back (@Bambi Bites Back)1498352220.0
@bee_persistent @MrScottLads @kimhatfield53 @TheSWPrincess @GOP @democrats @SenateGOP @SenateDems @HouseGOP… https://t.co/SRvrIftpCH— Clover C. Greens (@Clover C. Greens)1498352218.0
How many parents will have to choose between paying rent/mortgage and #Trumpcare premiums with no real health coverage? #HellerVoteNo— Michele Maloof (@Michele Maloof)1498352206.0
#HellerVoteNo https://t.co/LfBWtbPzMc— Dagu Sprachen (@Dagu Sprachen)1498352169.0