Rosendale Misleads Montanans About His Real Record: Failing to Hold Pharmaceutical Industry Accountable

Brooke BainumNews

Helena – Yesterday, wealthy East Coast developer Matt Rosendale bragged about taking action to “shine a light on the pharmaceutical industry’s activities” and claimed he was “serious about consumer protection” and holding the pharmaceutical industry – specifically Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) – accountable.

What Rosendale neglected to mention was that just last year he opposed bipartisan legislation to provide transparency in how Montana pharmacies are reimbursed by PBMs and even sent his staffer and current campaign manager Kendall Cotton to testify on behalf of the Auditor’s Office against the legislation. Rosendale can claim to hold the pharmaceutical industry accountable, but his record shows otherwise.

This isn’t the first time Rosendale has misled Montanans about failing to hold the health care industry accountable.

In the legislature, he voted against a bipartisan measure to extend Montana’s prescription drug registry, which makes it easier to combat prescription drug abuse.

And last year, Rosendale, the state’s insurance commissioner, rubber-stamped rate hikes of up to 23 percent, which he found “reasonable.”

Rosendale has proven time and again that he won’t stand up to the higher health care costs Montanans are facing and won’t hold the pharmaceutical industry accountable. Any of his claims otherwise are downright misleading.

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