FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
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.
Downing’s opposition to affordable health care is well-established. When discussing the ACA during his failed 2018 bid for U.S. Senate, Downing called it a “disaster” and said, “I would have been a proponent of not repeal or replace, but just repeal.” If the ACA were repealed, health care costs for millions of families across the country, and thousands in Montana, would rise — the opposite of what Downing claims he wants to do as State Insurance Commissioner.
“Montanans need a State Auditor who will stand up for affordable health care — not fight to rip it away,” said MDP Communications Director Nathan Stein. “In the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, Troy Downing’s attacks on affordable health care are unacceptable.”
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