Daines Wants to Rip Montanans’ Health Care Away as New Report Projects Millions Uninsured Due to Job Losses

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

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Daines Wants to Rip Montanans’ Health Care Away as New Report Projects Millions Uninsured Due to Job Losses
Refuses to Stand Up to Corporate Interests and Big Pharma 

Helena, MT  In a new interview, Senator Steve Daines admitted that even in the middle of a public health and economic crisis, he remains committed to ripping away Montanans’ health care by repealing the Affordable Care Act. This statement comes as a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that nearly 27 million Americans may be without health insurance after losing their jobs. 

Daines: “I will continue to fight to repeal Obamacare and fight back against those who want a complete government takeover of our health care system.” 

Reality Check: If the ACA was fully repealed, Medicaid expansion would be eliminated, ripping health coverage away from more than 80,000 Montanans and jeopardizing expanded access to mental health and substance use disorder treatments. It would also undercut a lifeline for Montana’s rural hospitals.  

In that same interview, Daines also touted a “record of holding Big Pharma accountable,” but he doesn’t mention the money he has taken from pharmaceutical PACs and lobbyists in Congress. 

Daines: “I’m proud of my record of holding Big Pharma accountable and fighting to increase transparency in the drug-pricing system, lower drug prices, and bring more generic drugs to market. My bipartisan Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act that I’m advancing through the Senate will cut drug costs by more than $100B, while saving Medicare $85B and individuals $27B.” 

Reality Check: Daines has been raking in campaign contributions from Big Pharma for years, taking $141,000 during his time in Congress. This past quarter alone, Daines raked in donations totaling $16,000 from pharmaceutical corporate PACs. 

“Steve Daines keeps trying to sabotage Montanans’ health care even when the country is grappling with an unprecedented public health crisis,” said MDP Executive Director Sandi Luckey. “Montanans deserve a Senator who fights for affordable, accessible health care, not one who is bought and sold by special interests.” 


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