The percentage of uninsured people in Nevada is traditionally among the nation's highest, and the individual mandate thing (wingnuts were for it before they were against it) could be helpful 'round here.
But arguably even more helpful are the Affordable Care Act's provisions that aggressively expand Medicaid.
When the more substantial portions of the health care law take effect in 2014, the expert-texperts project that no state will see a more dramatic Medicaid caseload growth than Nevada. And for most of that expansion, the feds will pick up 90 percent of the cost. Which is to say for every dollar the state spends to cover our teeming masses of uninsured, it'll get back, you know, oodles.
Evil terrible horrible "Obamacare" would provide medical coverage to hundreds of thousands of Nevadans who have none -- a key prerequisite to holding down health care costs for everyone. And no state would get a bigger return on investment. (Perhaps some local Democrats might want to say that sometime? No? Never mind.)
So of course Gov. Brian Sandoval, eagerly emulating the competence and wisdom of his disgraced and unhinged predecessor, wants the activist Roberts court to overturn the health care law. (Remember that the next time you see some media report gushing about how practical and pragmatic and non-ideological the magic Sandoval is.)
Anyway, numbers & shit explaining all this in more detail are here, ifn's your interested.