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Rory Reid: Health Care Reform Could Hurt Nevada

Nevada Gubernatorial candidates Brian Sandoval, right, and Rory Reid, left, during a Los Vegas debate on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010 AP Photo/Julie Jacobson

Rory Reid, Nevada gubernatorial candidate and son of Senate majority leader Harry Reid, expressed his reservations regarding health c are reform in a debate Thursday night, despite his father's pivotal role in passing the legislation.

"I don't deny that Nevada needs to be vigilant on this issue," Reid said in a Las Vegas debate against Republican opponent Brian Sandoval, according to Roll Call. "The law that was passed gives time for the new system to go into effect, but there is potential for it to put significant pressure on states because Medicaid rates could go up significantly."

Reid added, however, that unlike Sandoval - who during the debate said "that law needs to go away" - he does not support legal challenges to the legislation. Reid further stated that he thought state lawsuits aiming to repeal health care reform were unproductive and politically motivated, Roll Call reports.

Along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Nevada Senator and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid fought tirelessly to push health care reform through Congress earlier this year. He has since faced an tough reelection campaign against Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle, who supports limited governmental regulation and is staunchly against health care reform.

During the debate, which was broadcast on C-SPAN, Rory Reid went on to outline his proposed reforms for Medicaid and expressed his support for comprehensive immigration reform, according to The Hill.

A recent CNN/Time/Opinion Research Poll put Sandoval ahead of Reid by a 23-point margin.


Lucy Madison
Lucy Madison is a political reporter for CBSNews.com. You can read more of her posts here. Follow Hotsheet on Facebook and Twitter.
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