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Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Knudsen Supports ACA Repeal and Ending Protections for 152,000 Montanans with Pre-Existing Conditions
Republican Candidate for AG Continues to Back Partisan Lawsuit to Repeal the ACA Despite COVID-19 Pandemic
Helena, MT – In the midst of an unprecedented public health and economic crisis, Republican candidate for attorney general Austin Knudsen continues to support the dangerous, partisan lawsuit to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which protects 152,000 Montanans with pre-existing conditions from insurance companies denying medical care, and insures another 90,000 Montanans through Medicaid expansion — a vital program that Knudsen, as a legislator, led the effort against.
If successful, the lawsuit would allow insurance companies to deny potentially-life saving medical care to Montanans with pre-existing conditions. In addition, during this pandemic, the quality, affordable health care offered by Medicaid expansion and the ACA is more vital than ever before. Medicaid expansion has been a lifeline for communities across Montana — by supporting thousands of jobs, expanding access to mental health and substance use disorder treatments, and helping rural hospitals stay afloat.
“Even Republican Attorney General Tim Fox wouldn’t sign on to Knudsen’s radical, anti-healthcare position,” said MDP Communications Director Nathan Stein. “Knudsen’s extreme positions on health care are deeply out-of-touch with Montana’s working families — they’ll reject him in November.”
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