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Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Gianforte, Daines Silent as Republican Lawsuit to Gut the ACA Proceeds
If Successful, Lawsuit Would Rip Health Care Away From 142,000 Montanans, Destroy Medicaid Expansion
Helena, MT – Today, the Supreme Court will accept opening written briefs in California v. Texas, a hyper-partisan lawsuit filed by Republican Attorneys General to overturn the Affordable Care Act.
Now more than ever, Montanans are counting on their elected officials to defend their access to quality, affordable health care. But when asked about the lawsuit, Senator Steve Daines dodged questions and “did not directly answer when asked if he supports the lawsuit.” His office later clarified his position, stating “Obamacare has been disastrous for Montana.”
Congressman Greg Gianforte voted against directing the House of Representatives’ counsel to oppose the Republican lawsuit, prompting some of Montana’s most influential labor unions and activists to call upon him to denounce the lawsuit. He has refused. A long time opponent of affordable health care, Gianforte has called Medicaid expansion “a disaster,” and pledged to dismantle the ACA “piece by piece.”
The Affordable Care Act, and the Medicaid expansion it created, has been a lifeline for Montana and its rural communities. Montana’s Medicaid expansion insures more than 80,000 Montanans and has created thousands of jobs, while preventing the closure of a single rural hospital, bucking a national trend. If this lawsuit is successful, 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.
“Today’s lawsuit is a life or death issue for Montanans, but Greg Gianforte and Steve Daines are nowhere to be found. Instead of standing up for their constituents’ health care in the midst of a pandemic, Gianforte and Daines are remaining silent,” said MDP Executive Director Sandi Luckey. “Montanans deserve elected leaders who will speak up when their health care is at stake. This November, we’ll make that happen.”
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