So What Does Insurance Commissioner Rosendale Think About the Senate Health Care Bill?

Helena – With the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office analysis of the Senate health care bill showing how horrible the bill would be for Montanans, what does Insurance Commissioner Matt Rosendale think?
Last week, in a statement to the Great Falls Tribune, his spokesman said he was still reviewing the bill, but that it had some “positive differences” from the terrible House health care bill.
To recap, this bill would:

  • Lead to 22 million more uninsured by 2026, including 15 million by next year.
  • Cut $772 billion from Medicaid.
  • Give millionaires and corporations a $541 billion tax cut.

We’re still waiting to hear if he, as insurance commissioner, has had any time since then to read the bill.
But last week he told the Tribune that the “math simply isn’t working out” with Medicaid expansion. Well, here’s some math for Rosendale, who as a state legislator voted against Medicaid expansion: getting rid of the Medicaid expansion would mean that up to 79,000 Montanans could lose their health care under this bill.
He also told the paper that people need more health care options. But, according to CBO, insurers may pull out of exchanges not only because of profitability, but because of uncertainty created by the Trump administration.
He also said that this bill would have to reduce costs and give Montanans more flexibility. Well, under the current Senate bill, a 64-year-old making $56,800 a year would see their premium hike from $6,800 to $20,500 a year.
So, it’d be nice to get the insurance commissioner’s take, considering how this bill aligns with his stated priorities. He’s had several days to read the bill, so where is Matt Rosendale? We’re still waiting…


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