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Legalized Prostitutes At Nevada’s Bunny Ranch Back Obamacare

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Bunny Ranch Hostess Layla Jade, Bunny Ranch Owner Dennis Hof, and Bunny Ranch Hostess Sunshine Lane attend the 'Andy Kaufman: Dead or Alive?' a celebration and tribute to Andy Kaufman on May 16, 2004 at The House of Blues, in Hollywood, Calif. (credit: Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)

Bunny Ranch Hostess Layla Jade, Bunny Ranch Owner Dennis Hof, and Bunny Ranch Hostess Sunshine Lane attend the ‘Andy Kaufman: Dead or Alive?’ a celebration and tribute to Andy Kaufman on May 16, 2004 at The House of Blues, in Hollywood, Calif. (credit: Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)

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MOUND HOUSE, Nev. (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — President Barack Obama has at least one segment of America behind his health care law: the legalized prostitutes at the Moonlight Bunny Ranch.

The girls who work at the Bunny Ranch tell KRNV-TV that it was nearly impossible for them to get health insurance before because of their profession.

“Having this profession, we aren’t exactly offered group health insurance,” Taylor Lee said. “It’s hard because I do have a pre-existing condition so I really support Obamacare. I’m excited.”

Caressa Kisses said that insurance providers equated them to illegal prostitutes who have sexually transmitted diseases.

“We’re independent contractors. We have to get our own insurance but this is truly a blessing,” Kisses told KRNV. “I hope they work the kinks out and that affordable health care happens for all because it is really needed.”

Brothel owner Dennis Hof, though, does not back Obamacare. He’s worried he might have to provide health care coverage to his employees at his brothels and strip club.

“What am I going to do? I’m either going to have to spend a lot of money on health insurance because the rates are going up or I’m going to have to face severe penalties, so I’m really perplexed about all of this,” Hof told KRNV.

Last month, Nevada’s Division of Insurance determined that Nevadans who had their health insurance policies canceled because they didn’t meet new federal requirements couldn’t keep them for another year.

“They only way to fix the problems resulting from Obamacare is for Congress to change the law itself,” Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a statement.

Sandoval, a former federal judge, opposed Obama’s health care reform law from the onset, but once it was enacted decided it was in Nevada’s best interest to set up its own health insurance exchange. He also was the first Republican governor to expand Medicaid eligibility, an option given to states under the law.

State Insurance Commissioner Scott Kipper noted that some people were given an option to renew their noncompliant policies early to extend plans into next year, but consumers who were not given that option will not be allowed to renew policies that are being discontinued.

Nearly 25,000 Nevadans received cancellation or nonrenewal notices in October.

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