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Friday, August 21, 2020
Helena, MT – This week, the Supreme Court announced it will hear oral arguments for the partisan lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act the week after the November election. Republican candidate for Attorney General Austin Knudsen said he will join this lawsuit if elected — a lawsuit which even Republican Attorney General Tim Fox declined to join. Knudsen said he entered the race out of frustration that Fox did not join this dangerous effort, and has made championing the lawsuit the heart of his campaign.
If the lawsuit is successful:
- 112,000 Montanans will have their health coverage ripped away;
- 152,000 Montanans with pre-existing conditions will be vulnerable again to insurance company discrimination;
- Medicaid expansion, which covers more than 80,000 Montanans, serves as a vital lifeline to rural hospitals, and has expanded access to mental health and substance abuse treatments, will be at risk.
“This election couldn’t be more vital to the healthcare of Montanans and the Attorney General needs to defend their health care, not fight to rip it away,” said MDP Communications Director Nathan Stein. “Austin Knudsen’s extreme anti-health care position is wildly out of touch with Montanans — they’ll reject him and his dangerous agenda in November.”
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