Downing Doubles Down on Attacks on Pre-Existing Conditions

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Friday, September 11, 2020

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Downing Doubles Down on Attacks on Pre-Existing Conditions
Helena, MT – In a debate airing on MTN stations last weekend, Republican candidate for State Auditor doubled down on his opposition to quality affordable health care and protections for Montanans with pre-existing conditions. Asked by the moderator if he would continue current State Auditor Maryland Matt Rosendale’s attacks on the Affordable Care Act, Downing demurred, and launched into a diatribe on the importance of having “a lot of tools in the toolbox.”

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If the ACA were repealed:

  • 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.
  • 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.

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