READ: Knudsen Attempts to Change Subject on Support for ACA Lawsuit Threatening Protections for Montanans with Pre-Existing Conditions

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READ: Knudsen Attempts to Change Subject on Support for ACA Lawsuit Threatening Protections for Montanans with Pre-Existing Conditions
 
Helena, MT – On Friday, in response to an event held by Raph Graybill with Providence St. Patrick’s Hospital CEO about what the repeal of the ACA means to the Missoula community, Austin Knudsen said, he no longer wants to talk about his campaign promise to join the lawsuit to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

“Knudsen was in part spurred to run for attorney general because he believed Fox didn’t go far enough to challenge the ACA, but said he’s since dropped the matter as a primary campaign point”

Knudsen went on to say it would be a waste of resources for the Attorney General to fight to protect Montanans’ healthcare:

“‘I don’t even know what would be gained from us trying to get an amicus brief in there, and frankly I think it would be a waste of resources,’ Knudsen said.”

Knudsen entered the race for Attorney General because he felt current Republican Attorney General Tim Fox had not done enough to repeal the ACA, and penned an op-ed in support of the lawsuit to gut Montanans’ healthcare. 

Knudsen has stated that the entire reason he is running for Attorney General is to join the dangerous lawsuit to repeal the ACA, which will be decided in June of next year when Montana’s next Attorney General has taken office and has the opportunity to  weigh in on the case. 

If the ACA is repealed Montana will lose:

  • Protections for 159,000 Montanans with pre-existing conditions
  • Medicaid expansion that provides health insurance to 90,000 Montanans
  • Rural hospitals who rely on Medicaid dollars to keep their doors open
  • 10,000 jobs in Montana and billions to the economy
  • Coverage for prescription drugs for seniors

“Montanans demand an Attorney General who will defend their health care — that’s why they’ll reject Knudsen and his extreme agenda,” said MDP Communications Director Nathan Stein. “The fact that he’s now attempting to change the subject on his number one campaign issue says everything you need to know about him and his flailing campaign.”

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