FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 7, 2020
Helena, MT – President Trump on Wednesday stated that he wants to “terminate health care” under the Affordable Care Act — a law that has been a lifeline for Montana and its rural communities. Senator Daines has remained silent on the President’s latest comments — a familiar approach to repeated attacks on affordable health care over the years. Daines refused to state a position on the ongoing partisan lawsuit to overturn the ACA, before clarifying through a spokesperson that the health care law “has been a disaster for Montana.”
Through the ACA, Montana’s Medicaid expansion covers more than 80,000 Montanans, supports thousands of jobs, and has prevented the closure of a single rural hospital, bucking a national trend. If the current health care law is “terminated,” 112,000 Montanans will be thrown off their health coverage, and 152,000 Montanans with pre-existing conditions will once again become vulnerable to insurance company discrimination.
“Steve Daines’ disdain for quality, affordable health care is nothing new,” said MDP Executive Director Sandi Luckey. “Montanans with pre-existing conditions are depending on their elected representatives to defend their health care — but instead of fighting for his constituents, Daines is busy looking out for his insurance and pharmaceutical industry donors.”
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