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Daines Votes to Raise Premiums and Hurt Rural Hospitals

Candidates For Senate Also Side With Plan to Jack Up Costs

Helena – Montana Democratic Party Executive Director Nancy Keenan released the following statement after today’s Senate vote:
 
"Senator Daines should be ashamed of his vote to raise premiums for Montana families and close rural hospitals across our state. Montanans will not forget that when they needed a strong voice in Washington, Steve Daines caved to special interests rather than protect the health of Montana families."
 
“Matt Rosendale and Troy Downing have shown they aren’t willing to stand up for Montana, and instead have both expressed their support for a dangerous and toxic health care agenda for Montanans. Meanwhile, Russell Fagg, hiding behind his shadow campaign, has said nothing. But there’s no reason to believe he thinks anything differently than Daines, Rosendale and Downing about this toxic health care agenda, and he too will be held accountable.”
 
The Senate voted today to advance a bill that would repeal and (maybe) replace the current health care system. No one knows what exactly is in the bill. But we do know that it would hurt Montana families.
 
The original proposal, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, would:

  • Raise premiums by an average of 74 percent;
  • Kick 22 million Americans and more than 75,000 Montanans off their health insurance;
  • End the Medicaid expansion, crippling rural hospitals and care for children, the elderly, and disabled Montanans; and
  • Endanger protections for Montanans with preexisting conditions. 

The Senate plan to repeal without a replacement would:

  • Raise premiums by 100%;
  • Kick 32 million Americans and more than 75,000 Montanans off their health insurance;
  • End the Medicaid expansion, crippling rural hospitals and care for children, the elderly, and disabled Montanans; and
  • Endanger protections for Montanans with preexisting conditions.
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