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Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Helena, MT – Insurance Commissioner Matt “Rate Hike” Rosendale continues to earn his namesake, as Montana insurers announced many Montanans will be paying more for healthcare in 2021. It’s par for the course for Rosendale, who in 2018 could have used the bully pulpit of his office to push insurers to keep rates low, but instead chose to roll over for the insurance companies and rubber stamp rate hikes of 23%.
Rosendale’s anti-health care agenda doesn’t stop with increasing costs. He’s supported efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, strip health coverage from 112,000 Montanans, and remove protections from Montanans with pre-existing conditions like asthma — or COVID-19. He has remained steadfast in his opposition to Montana’s Medicaid expansion program, which currently covers more than 80,000 Montanans across the state, has created thousands of jobs, and has proven to be a lifeline for rural hospitals and the communities they support. As a state legislator, Rosendale infamously voted against expanding Medicaid, and has since continued to undermine the program by calling for federal block grants, which would result in massive losses in coverage.
Rosendale also continues to push junk insurance in direct response to concerns over coronavirus — despite the fact that “not all short-term plans may cover testing for COVID-19” and that the plans could “reject Montanans who have pre-existing health conditions.”
Learn more about “Rate Hike” Rosendale’s record at marylandmatt.net.
“If nothing else, Montanans can count on ‘Rate Hike’ Rosendale to stand idle as insurance companies increase costs on working families,” said MDP Communications Director Nathan Stein. “A typical politician, Rosendale continues to be more focused on reaching for his next political office than actually doing the job he was elected to do. Montanans demand more.”
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