Helena – One year ago, a partisan effort to dismantle our current health care system failed. That failed effort would have ripped away health insurance coverage from millions of Americans, increased costs for care, and threatened Medicaid.
East Coast developer and state frauditor Matt Rosendale, who is also Montana’s insurance commissioner, was – and remains – fully supportive of repealing our current health care system, and he in fact champions dangerous policies that likewise threaten Montanans’ health care.
Take a look:
- Short-term plans: Rosendale proudly touts short-term plans that are not required to cover pre-existing conditions. Many short-term plans don’t even cover prescription drugs, maternity care, mental health, or substance abuse prevention and treatment. Around half of Montanans have a pre-existing condition, which makes Rosendale’s support for a policy that can deny coverage to so many Montanans that much more unconscionable.
- End Montana’s Medicaid Plan: As insurance commissioner, Rosendale opposed Montana’s Medicaid plan and voted against it several times in the legislature, even though it provided health care coverage to more than 96,000 Montanans and has been “absolutely critical” in helping veterans and other Montanans fighting drug addiction.
- Shady Medi-Share: Rosendale thinks Medi-Share is a “solution” even though it isn’t required to cover pre-existing conditions and he even brought it back into Montana after it was banned from our state over a decade ago for fraud.
And, Rosendale still has not said whether he supports additional efforts by the White House to strike down current protections for pre-existing conditions. If that happens, it means insurance companies can deny or limit insurance coverage for folks with pre-existing conditions like diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, cancer, and even pregnancy – all because of their medical history.
All of these bad policies are on top of Rosendale’s history of rubber-stamping rate hikes of up to 23 percent last year. He was then accused of playing “a political game” with Montanans’ health care. And let’s not forget that provisions in the partisan tax law Rosendale regularly praises will raise premiums by nearly 20 percent in Montana.
A terrible record like this makes it pretty obvious that Rosendale is not interested in protecting Montanans’ health care and is only out for himself and the out-of-state millionaires and billionaires propping up his campaign.
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