Still Waiting on Rosendale to Show Any Sort of Leadership on Health Care
Helena – Even as patient and provider groups continue to come out in opposition to the dangerous health care bill being pushed in Washington right now, Insurance Commissioner Matt Rosendale continues his failed leadership on health care.
Despite being the state insurance commissioner, Rosendale hasn’t weighed in on the Graham-Cassidy bill, which would have a tremendous impact on, you know, health insurance in the state.
Among other things, this bill would:
- Raise rates and kick hardworking folks off their plan
- End subsidies and tax credits that help working Americans
- Put older Americans at risk
- Shutter rural hospitals
- Allow states to roll back protections for pre-existing conditions, coverage of essential health benefits, and requirements that insurers spend money on actual care.
While he hasn’t spoken up on this latest health care legislation being rammed through the Senate, Montana health providers have, and they think it’s pretty bad. Rosendale was supportive of a previous plan that would have increased premiums by 20 to 25 percent in the first year, and doubled them in the next decade.
“While tens of thousands of Montanans wait to see if this health care bill passes, jacking up their rates and kicking them off their health insurance, Insurance Commissioner Matt Rosendale continues his silence,” said Chris Meagher, spokesman for the Montana Democratic Party. “Matt Rosendale should look his constituents in the eye and tell them where he stands on this dangerous bill.”