Through His Silence, Inaction, and Political Games, Matt Rosendale is Failing to Defend Montanans Against Higher Health Care Costs
Helena – Montana’s Insurance Commissioner Matt Rosendale, a wealthy real estate developer from Maryland, is having a hard time hiding the fact that he’s playing political games with Montanans’ health insurance. When it suits him, he speaks out. When it doesn’t, he’s quiet.
But Montanans are beginning to see that when he does speak up, Rosendale’s words and actions contradict each other. And now, experts are calling Rosendale’s mismatched actions and words a “political game.”
Unlike Rosendale, who isn’t anxious to review anything – especially insurance rates going up in Montana – we’d like to take a moment to review his awful record on defending Montanans against dramatic increases in health care costs:
On the bipartisan Murray-Alexander bill, which would help stabilize insurance markets:Silence.
On funding CHIP, a federal program that provides low cost health care to children, which hasn’t been reauthorized: Silence.
On the Administration cutting CSR payments, which help keep costs down for Montanans:“Monitoring the situation…”
When other insurance commissioners speak up against the Administration ending CSR payments: Silence.
When a Montana insurer sent notices saying it would no longer offer Medicare Advantage in 30 Montana counties: “We feel for people being harmed by this.”
When health insurers got the okay to dramatically raise rates on Montanans: “Out-of-state” and unavailable to answer questions.
When Congress considered a repeal bill, which would’ve jacked up costs for Montanans:Rosendale came out in favor of the bill, after avoiding discussing it for weeks.
When Blue Cross Blue Shield explained the reason for their proposed hike: Rosendale “appeared to misunderstand…”
On the unpopular health care bill that would have raised rates and kicked people off their care: Rosendale was “reviewing…”
On a repeal bill President Trump called “mean”: Rosendale said it was a good first step
On a 2015 bill that expanded Medicaid in Montana: Rosendale voted against.
On a 2013 bill that would give the Auditor power to review proposed health insurance rate hikes: Rosendale voted against.
When 36 current and former Insurance Commissioners – including two former Montana Commissioners – opposed Graham-Cassidy: Rosendale was “very disappointed” Congress didn’t pass it.