By Sean Whaley | Nevada News Bureau
CARSON CITY — Democratic U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley was on the attack while Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller was restrained, as they navigated through issues ranging from Medicare to online poker during their second debate.
Berkley accused Heller of supporting a bill by Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan to change Medicare to a voucher program for those aged 55 or younger, adding to the cost of their health insurance.
“My opponent voted twice to end Medicare by turning it over to private insurance companies,” Berkley said. “That’s not the way to fix Medicare; that’s the way you destroy Medicare. Why? Because it’s going to increase the cost of Medicare, health care for older Americans, by $6,400 a year.”
She repeated criticisms made by U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., that Heller failed to uphold his end of a deal to get online poker legislation passed in Congress that would help Nevada.
But Heller, who is reportedly ahead in several polls in the hotly contested U.S. Senate race, did not respond in kind.