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Monday, March 9, 2020
Gianforte’s Montana: A Health Care System in Shambles
Helena, MT – Heading into the 2019 Legislative Session, senior Republican Legislators outlined their major goal for the next months: to elect a Republican Governor. Indeed, in a session that saw a Democratic-led coalition pass landmark legislation to expand health coverage, fund repairs to our crumbling infrastructure, and invest in education, Republican leadership sought to obstruct every major victory for Montana’s working families in the hopes that their obstinance would be rewarded with a victory in 2020.
So, what would a Gianforte administration look like? This week, Montana Democrats are stepping into the Twilight Zone to see how all the progress of the last 16 years might be reversed. Today, we look at health care.
Greg Gianforte has voted against protecting patients with pre-existing conditions and lowering the cost of prescription drugs. He supports the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which has protected health coverage for 152,000 Montanans with pre-existing conditions, and expanded health coverage for nearly 100,000 Montanans through Medicaid expansion.
As Governor, Gianforte ends Medicaid expansion — leaving 100,000 Montanans without healthcare and crippling our rural hospitals and the communities they support. He expands the use of junk insurance plans, which threaten healthcare for all Montanans with pre-existing conditions, and hang Montanans out to dry when they need help most.
“In Greg Gianforte’s Montana, health care is less accessible and less affordable, and thousands of working families are left without the care they need,” said MDP Executive Director Sandi Luckey. “Healthy people are often able to work for higher wages and longer hours, impacting not just individual families, but our state’s overall economy. Montanans can’t afford a Gianforte administration — and they’re going to come together to make sure that this nightmare doesn’t become a reality.”
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