Will Daines Ask SCOTUS Nominee About Protecting Montanans With Pre-Existing Conditions? 

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

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Will Daines Ask SCOTUS Nominee About Protecting Montanans With Pre-Existing Conditions? 
Helena, MT – Today, Senator Steve Daines is scheduled to meet with President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee — who poses a dire threat to Montanans’ access to health care. Legal scholars have said that supporters of the Affordable Care Act “should be concerned” about Amy Coney Barrett’s record of skepticism towards the law. Daines is focused on rushing through her appointment despite the fact that Americans have already begun voting and that he was previously opposed to the nomination of a new Supreme Court Justice in an election year. 

The oral arguments in the Supreme Court case to repeal the ACA are scheduled for November 10th — just one week after Election Day — and coverage protections for people with pre-existing conditions “may be doomed” if the law is overturned. The gutting of the ACA could have devastating consequences for Montanans – 112,000 Montanans stand to lose their coverage and 152,000 Montanans with pre-existing conditions could become vulnerable again to insurance company discrimination. Additionally, Montana’s Medicaid expansion – which insures more than 85,000 Montanans, bolsters rural hospitals, and has created thousands of jobs – would be at risk.

During his meeting, will Daines ask Judge Barrett if she will overturn the law that provides protections for tens of thousands of Montanans with pre-existing conditions?

“Steve Daines pays lip service to protecting those with pre-existing conditions, but will he ask Judge Barrett if she will gut the law that bars insurance companies from discriminating against them?” said MDP Communications Advisor Christina Wilkes. “Montanans know Daines won’t fight for their health care – his record shows he would rather fight for his insurance industry donors.”


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