Side-By-Side: While Republicans Want to Raise Taxes, Democrats Push to Lower Costs

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Side-By-Side: While Republicans Want to Raise Taxes, Democrats Push to Lower Costs

Republicans have no plan to lower costs, leaving Montana workers to foot the bill

Helena, MT – While Republicans are already on defense over their agenda of raised healthcare premiums and tax hikes, which could raise taxes on 35.1% of Montanans, they will also have to spend this April recess explaining their record of voting against measures to lower costs for Americans. Over the past two weeks, Republicans in Congress have voted against bills to make insulin more affordable, which as many as 77,000 Montanans rely on, and help as many as 497 Montana restaurants and businesses who didn’t receive the first round of Restaurant Revitalization Fund relief cover costs. 

See for yourself how Democrats and Republicans’ agendas stack up against each other:  

Republicans Democrats
Taxes Increase taxes on 35.1% of Montanans. Last session, MTGOP passed legislation that would help the top 10% of wealthy taxpayers, leaving 42% of hardworking Montana families with no tax relief. Make billionaires pay their fair share without raising taxes on working Montanans.
Drug Prices Rosendale, our Republican Representative in Congress, voted against a bill to cap the cost of insulin at $35 Brought four bills during the ‘21 session that sought to lower insulin costs for Montana families, including HB 222 (Rep. Karjala – Billings) which was similar to the vote taken in the US House. Republicans killed the billNone of the other three bills made it out of their Republican-controlled committees.
Health Care Repeal ACA, which could increase health care costs and strip coverage from 151,963 Montanans, shutter our rural hospitals, and defund mental health care and substance abuse treatment. Built on the ACA to lower health care costs for 51,000 Montanans. The Democrats’ ACA marketplace enrollment and Medicaid expansion brought affordable health care to 151,963 Montanans, kept Montana’s rural hospitals open, and brought more than half a billion dollars to Montana’s economy.

“The difference couldn’t be clearer,” says Sheila Hogan, Executive Director of the Montana Democratic Party. “While the Democrats want to make the wealthiest pay their fair share to help lower costs for working Montanans, Republicans will do whatever it takes to distract us from the fact that they have no plan to lower costs, leaving Montana workers to foot the bill.” 

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