Bozeman – In one of the most pivotal moments of tonight’s U.S. Senate debate, East Coast developer Matt Rosendale was unable to answer a basic question about his support for health care plans that aren’t required to cover pre-existing conditions.
Rosendale has struggled all campaign long to explain how he will protect the 152,000 Montanans with pre-existing conditions when he is pushing for the expansion of shoddy short-term plans and brought back the previously banned Medi-Share program, neither of which have to cover pre-existing conditions.
Remember, after out-of-state short-term insurance company executives gave Rosendale’s campaign more than $16,000, he became a “big booster” for short-term plans and pushed to expand them.
During the debate, Rosendale was asked if short-term plans were so great, would he would pledge to buy a short-term insurance plan to cover his family. But he refused to answer the question — twice.
No surprise there. He’s been asked over and over again. And yet:
- He has been “vague” and offered no specifics on how he’ll protect Montanans with pre-existing conditions.
- He’s been noticeably silent on whether or not he stands by the lawsuit that would gut protections for pre-existing conditions.
- He supports Medi-Share, which is not required to cover pre-existing conditions.
- He wants to fully repeal the current health care plan, which would end protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
“Matt Rosendale’s record as Insurance Commissioner shows very clearly that he won’t protect Montanans with pre-existing conditions,” said Brooke Bainum, spokesperson for the Montana Democratic Party. “Rosendale pushed for shoddy short-term plans, and even an unregulated program, that leave Montanans with pre-existing conditions out to dry with no guarantee of coverage. He’s incapable of explaining how he plans to protect Montanans with pre-existing conditions because he won’t protect them. Rosendale is dangerous for Montanans’ health care and can’t be trusted to look out for anyone but himself.”
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