Greg Gianforte Stays Silent as His Special-Interest Allies Force Disastrous Health Care Vote
HELENA -- New Jersey multimillionaire Greg Gianforte continues to play "wait and see" as his special-interest allies in U.S. House of Representatives vote today on a disastrous health care bill.
When asked about the health care bill earlier this week, Gianforte toldPoliticothat he intended to stay silent instead of telling Montanans whether he'd vote for the bill. But the special interests backing this bill are the same ones bankrolling his campaign, so we know he's standing with them over Montanans.
"The latest national Republican health care bill would be a disaster for Montanans and we need our leaders to do the right thing instead of forcing higher premiums on the rest of us," said Nancy Keenan, Executive Director of the Montana Democratic Party. "Montanans expect their leaders to fight for them, but instead of standing with us, Greg Gianforte is standing with his special-interest buddies. His campaign is being bankrolled by D.C. insiders. Montana doesn't want a 'wait-and-see' Congressman who refuses to take a stand against a bill that would make health insurance unaffordable for Montanans."
The latest version of the so-called American Health Care Act wouldeliminate protections for people with pre-existing conditionsand strip basic standards for insurance providers while exempting members of Congress from having to comply with the bill they're forcing on their constituents.
For a 40-year-old with asthma, experts saythat could mean a $4,340 premium surcharge per year. Someone with diabetes – without any complications – could be forced to pay a $5,600 surcharge. And maternity care? Pregnancy would cost an extra $17,320.
It’s clear that the D.C. health care bill has gone from bad to worse.
The bill also defunds Planned Parenthood, which provides cancer screenings, contraception, family planning and other services to more than 15,000 Montanans every year. Gianforte has already promised to defund Planned Parenthood, if elected.
Gianforte’s campaign is being bankrolled by the very authors of the bill. His D.C. insider donors actuallypulled support from Congressional candidateswho opposed the plan, but they doubled down on Gianforte and are spending even more money to support his campaign.