Gianforte Flip-Flops, Now Supports House Health Care Bill?
Helena – Yesterday, Congressman Greg Gianforte, who pleaded guilty in June to physically assaulting journalist Ben Jacobs, was asked by Montana Public Radio to respond to President Trump’s tweet inciting violence against journalists. But Gianforte refused to condemn the tweet, sheepishly calling it “a distraction,” saying “I think the focus ought to be on the business of the people.”
Well then maybe he’d like to clarify his position on the health care bill he committed assault to avoid talking about?
Days after he was elected, Gianforte admitted that he would not have supported the House’s Affordable Health Care Act. But this week, in an interview with NBC, he reportedly praised the passage of the bill, which would kick more than 70,000 Montanans off their insurance and force rural hospitals into financial ruin in order to fund billions in tax breaks for the ultra-rich.
Gianforte says he wants to talk “about some of the meatier issues and what the American people and Montanans want us to talk about.” Then he should take his own advice and explain why he now supports the bill that passed the House of Representatives, which is even more cruel than the legislation currently being considered by the Senate.
“If Greg Gianforte wants to focus on ‘the business of the people,’ as he claims, he should start by explaining why he flip-flopped and now supports the health care bill he committed assault to avoid talking about,” said Roy Loewenstein, spokesman for the Montana Democratic Party. “It’s time for Gianforte to stop his hypocrisy and tell Montanans what he really thinks of the DC health care bill, instead of talking out of both sides of his mouth in order to help out special interests in Washington.”