In AG Debate, Choice on Health Care Couldn’t Be Clearer

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Monday, September 21, 2020

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In AG Debate, Choice on Health Care Couldn’t Be Clearer

Yet Again, Knudsen Redoubles Attacks on Affordable Health Care

Helena, MT – In this weekend’s Attorney General debate, hosted by MTN, Democratic candidate Raph Graybill once again showed Montanans that when it comes to health care, he’s the clear choice.

Graybill shared his plan to defend the Affordable Care Act and reduce prescription drug prices. “The ACA is a crucial tool in our state to make us healthier and safer,” he said. Graybill also said that reducing medical costs is “one of the most important things the Attorney General can do.”

His opponent, Austin Knudsen, appeared to disagree, stating clearly that he would not seek to lower the cost of prescription drugs as Attorney General — the latest in his long history of attacks on affordable health care. 

Knudsen wrote an op-ed to champion the lawsuit to overturn the ACA as part of his campaign launch, and said he entered the race for Attorney General because current AG Fox has not done enough to repeal the ACA. As Speaker of the Montana House, Knudsen led Republican efforts against the passage of Medicaid expansion, which covers nearly 90,000 Montanans and has created more than 5,000 jobs.

If Knudsen has his way:

  • 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 nearly 90,000 Montanans, serves as a vital lifeline to rural hospitals, and has expanded access to mental health and substance abuse treatments, will be at risk.

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