Montana Democrats’ Statement on Matt Rosendale Running for Congress

Sam OfferdahlNews

Helena, Mont. – Montana Democratic Party Executive Director Monica Lindeen today issued the following statement after current Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale announced he will run for Montana’s at-large congressional seat:

“Matt Rosendale in Congress is not a risk Montanans can afford to take,”Lindeen said. “Rosendale greenlighted insurance rate increases on Montana families, advocated for the return of a junk health care program at the expense of Montanans with pre-existing conditions and voted against bipartisan legislation to provide health care coverage to 96,000 Montanans. Rosendale has worked to raise Montana families’ health care costs and delayed efforts to protect public access.”

As Montana’s state auditor, the office responsible for overseeing health insurance companies in Montana, Rosendale approved without question insurance rate increases of up to 23 percent on Montana families.

He also advocated to bring back an unregulated, junk health care cost-share program that was banned by the state because it frauded its customers and refused to pay for pre-existing conditions.

Last year, Rosendale dismissed the importance of his own current job, saying “It does not matter and should not matter who is actually sitting in the auditor’s seat.”

As a legislator, Rosendale voted against the Healthy Montana Act in 2015, which expanded affordable health care coverage to 96,000 Montanans.

As a member of the Montana State Board of Land Commissioners, Rosendale supported delaying a vote on a conservation easement that allows public access to hunting and recreation opportunities in eastern Montana.

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