Montana Dems: Why Won’t Rosendale Support Bipartisan Health Care Bill?
Helena – Today, Chris Meagher, spokesman for the Montana Democratic Party released the following statement on Insurance Commissioner Matt Rosendale’s silence on the bipartisan Murray-Alexander health care bill:
“Supporting this bipartisan proposal should be a no-brainer, but Matt Rosendale, who as insurance commissioner has done nothing to keep health care costs down in Montana, is once again silent. This bill slashes the deficit and brings stability to the marketplace, and if Rosendale can’t get on board with this bill, it will be clear he is only looking out for his own political interest, and not the interests of the people he is supposed to represent.”
Since the bill was introduced last week, bipartisan support has emerged. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said yesterday that the bipartisan Alexander-Murray health care bill would reduce the deficit by nearly $4 billion. It would also help stabilize insurance markets and maintain coverage levels, while funding CSR payments.
The CBO previously found that ending CSR payments would increase the deficit by $194 billion and raise premiums by double digits. And here in Montana, because the Administration cut CSR payments and because of continued uncertainty, Montana insurance companies dramatically increased their rates for next year, which means Montanans will be paying more. But Rosendale did nothing about that either.