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WASHINGTON (AP/KXNT/CBS LAS VEGAS) — Senator Harry Reid has supported the presidents health care bill for a long time. Senator Dean Heller does not feel the same. Senator Heller spoke about 3 issues to KXNT. Heller asked ” is it constitutional, is it a good idea, and can we afford it? ” I believe this bill failed atleast 2 of those questions ” Heller said.

” I have diabetes and my husband has diabetes, so what going to happen to us? ” says Lauren Brown from Henderson. ” Thats really, really scary ” Lauren said. Some other locals dont seem to mind. James, a Las Vegas resident for over 30 years says ” im one thats insured, so it should not affect me in one way or the other “.

The major expansion of the social safety net, designed to cover an additional 30 million Americans with health insurance. It is doing so on Obama’s signature domestic legislative achievement and in the heat of a fierce presidential campaign.

Some people already were in line Wednesday afternoon hoping to be among the few hundred witnesses to a historic moment that will not be broadcast live on television or radio.

Where does our state stand?

NUMBER OF UNINSURED IN NEVADA: 563,000, or about 21%.

WHERE THE STATE STANDS NOW: The Nevada Legislature in 2011 passed a bill implementing the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange and creating a seven-member board to oversee it. Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval opposed the federal health care law as a candidate. He also allowed a private attorney appointed by former Gov. Jim Gibbons to continue representing Nevada in the lawsuit filed by more than two dozen states challenging the law. State officials estimate the Affordable Care Act would cost Nevada $575 million in the first five years as more people become eligible for Medicaid.

WHAT HAPPENS NOW: The governor’s office has said administration officials would review the U.S. Supreme Court ruling before commenting on the state’s next steps.

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