Unfortunately for Rosendale, MT Voters Will Soon See His Talk Is Cheap

Matt Rosendale, the back-up, back-up choice of the establishment to run for Senate in Montana in 2018, apparently held a telephone town hall Monday, where he pronounced on social media that he discussed “fixing our broken health care system, improving public access to public lands, and getting real results for Montana’s veterans.”

Talk is cheap, he added. We agree, which is why, even though we didn’t get the invite to his tele-town hall, we do have the facts. Let’s review quickly:

  • On healthcare: Rosendale said he supported a straight repeal, which independent analysts have said would jack up health care costs and lead to thousands of Montanans losing their insurance.
  • On public lands: He has repeatedly called for the transfer of federal public lands to the state, which could lead to the sale of lands to private owners. But don’t take it from us, take it from this headline in the Helena Independent Record: “Rosendale calls for transferring federal lands to state”
  • On veterans: And the health care bill Rosendale supports could cost 7,000 Montana veterans their Medicaid coverage. Rosendale only has to look to the state’s senior Senator to figure out how to get real results for Montana’s veterans – Jon Tester has had two bipartisan veterans bills signed into law by President Trump this year alone. His work has also led to a much-needed VA clinic expansion in Billings and numerous Veterans Centers around the state.

So Rosendale is right. Talk is cheap. Especially when what he talks about would do nothing to actually help Montanans.

Tester Demands Transparency and Accountability During Health Care Debate

Senator Introduces Resolution as 13 Senators Draft Secret Health Care Bill Behind Closed Doors

Saying democracy “requires full transparency in the legislative process,” U.S. Senator Jon Tester is fighting to shine more light on the secret Senate health care bill.

Tester today introduced a Senate Resolution demanding a transparent, bipartisan debate from the 13 Senators who are drafting the secret health care bill behind closed doors.  Tester is specifically demanding a public hearing and an opportunity for Montanans to provide input on any legislation that will impact access and affordability to health care. 

“13 Senators are drafting a secret bill that could kick thousands of Montanans off health insurance, put Montana’s rural hospitals at risk, and force folks approaching retirement to pay more for health care,” Tester said.  “Montanans deserve accountability and transparency, and it is time to take this bill out from behind closed doors and give Montanans an open debate about the future of our health care system so we can bring down costs and increase access to health care.”

The lawmakers in control of the Senate have held no public hearings or debate on their secret, partisan health care bill, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has stated the bill will go directly to the Senate floor for a vote without receiving a single committee hearing, or input from those affected by the legislation.

Tester’s Senate Resolution reads as follows:

Whereas the people of the United States deserve and demand that legislation be created through a transparent, bipartisan process to ensure that they can hold their elected representatives accountable;

Whereas the proper functioning of representative democracy requires full transparency in the legislative process;

Whereas it has been widely reported that a group of Senators is working privately in a partisan fashion to craft national health care legislation in the Senate;

Whereas this group is secretly gathering in closed-door meetings that exclude the public and press;

Whereas Senate leadership has refused to commit to holding a single public hearing on this legislation before going directly to the Senate floor for a vote;

Whereas the draft health care legislation under consideration by a secretive group is one of the largest public policy reforms taken up by Congress in generations;

Whereas this legislation will affect the lives of all people in the United States;

Whereas health care constitutes 1/6 of the gross domestic product of the United States; and

Whereas Congress is elected by the people to serve the people: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That it is the sense of the Senate that the creation of any sweeping health care legislation must be done in a transparent, bipartisan manner in full view of the people of the United States and not behind closed doors.

Tester yesterday blasted the secret, partisan health care bill on the Senate Floor, and he has been sharing firsthand accounts from Montanans who could lose access to health insurance, pay higher costs for prescription drugs, and be forced to pay more because of pre-existing conditions because of this legislation.

Quist Denounces Dangerous D.C. Health Care Proposal; Gianforte Won’t Oppose It

Washington GOP Insiders’ Plan Would Leave 24 Million Uninsured, Give Tax Breaks to Millionaires Like Gianforte

Montana U.S. House candidate Rob Quist today denounced House leadership’s health care plan in D.C.–which would leave 24 million Americans uninsured while giving $600 billion in tax breaks to corporations and millionaires.

Millionaire Congressional candidate, Greg Gianforte this week refused to publicly oppose the proposal that would effectively cut access to health insurance for thousands of Montanans.

“Montanans deserve a real answer on where their candidates stand when it comes to reliable, affordable health care– and Greg Gianforte is not giving them that,” said Rob Quist, candidate for the U.S. House. This D.C. health care proposal is dangerous and out of touch with what working Montanans need– and until Greg Gianforte tells us he’d vote against it, it’s safe to assume he’ll be toeing the party line, just like he always has.”

House Republican leadership, which wrote the health care proposal, is currently spending $700,000 in TV ads on Gianforte’s behalf via their SuperPac.

According to the Associated Press and non-partisan reports, under the D.C. health care proposal:

  • Montana would have to spend an extra $126 million a year to continue its Medicaid expansion program under proposed legislation to replace the federal Affordable Care Act
  • 12,700 new potential jobs in Montana created under Medicaid expansion would not materialize

Greg Gianforte lost his bid in Montana’s 2016 gubernatorial race. He touts his support for efforts in D.C. to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which provides affordable healthcare to over 70,000 Montanans. Gianforte has long funded D.C. special interest groups, including Americans for Prosperity, that fought Montana’s bipartisan HELP Act.

Tester Slams Bill That Increases Premiums, Kicks Millions off Insurance

Non-Partisan Report: Legislation Will Cause Premiums to Rise
up to 20% and Force 24 Million to Lose Health Insurance 

Senator Jon Tester released the following statement after the independent, non-partisan Congressional Budget Office revealed that the House of Representatives’ replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would force 24 million Americans to lose health insurance and cause premiums to rise up to 20 percent:

“This reckless effort will kick folks off of their health care plan, increase premiums for Montana families, and saddle our children with more debt.  Rather than dismantle the progress we have made and go back to the old health care system where people couldn’t afford to get sick, I want to work with Republicans, Democrats, and Independents to improve the Affordable Care Act and increase access and affordability to health care for all Montanans.”  

The House bill cuts $880 billion from Medicaid and phases out Medicaid expansion, which is securing health care for over 71,000 hardworking Montanans.  

The Congressional Budget Office’s report on the House of Representatives’ ACA replacement plan is available HERE.

Please click on the following links for in-depth reporting on how the House of Representatives’ ACA replacement plan will negatively impact overall access to carerural communities, older Montananswomenlow-income Montanansaddiction treatment, and public health and widespread disease.

Greg Gianforte worked against healthcare for Montanans

When it comes to accessing quality healthcare in Montana, you can count on New Jersey multimillionaire and failed gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte to block the way.

Over the years, Gianforte has contributed thousands of dollars to D.C. special interest groups which have actively worked to kill the bi-partisan HELP Act that has brought healthcare to more than 70,000 hard-working Montanans.

  • The Heritage Foundation advocated against Medicaid expansion in Montana  03/05/13, attacked moderate Republicans who supported medicaid expansion  (5/10/13) and called on states to not only “reject Medicaid expansion” but to also “scale back existing eligibility where possible” 03/05/13.

  • From 2008 to 2014, Gianforte contributed $8,000 to the Heritage Foundation. [Gianforte Family Charitable Trust IRS 990 via Guidetsar.org]

“Montanans can’t count on New Jersey millionaire Greg Gianforte to stand up for their right to access quality healthcare,” said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. “With his sizeable contributions to special interests that actively work against Montana families, he just simply can’t be trusted to represent Montanans in Washington D.C.”

Quist Slams Gianforte’s D.C. Agenda to Gut Health Care Coverage for Thousands of Montanans 

Today, U.S. House candidate Rob Quist criticized opponent, Greg Gianforte, for standing with special interests and irresponsible Republicans in D.C. who are working to pass legislation that would jeopardize access to health care for thousands of Montanans while giving millionaires like Gianforte $600 billion in tax breaks.

“It is the right of every Montanan to have access to quality affordable health care,” said Rob Quist, candidate for the U.S. House. “Greg Gianforte is putting thousands of Montanans at risk of losing their health insurance by siding with Washington D.C. insiders.”  

Failed candidate for governor, Greg Gianforte, accepted the Republican nomination for the U.S. House while touting support for efforts in D.C. to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The plan put out by Republican leaders would devastate Montana by effectively cutting off health care access put in place by Montana’s HELP Act that enabled over 70,000 Montanans to have access to health care. The House Republican plan further hits rural states like Montana by reducing tax credits that help consumers with premiums, making health insurance less affordable for many Montana families who purchase individual health insurance plans.

House Republican leadership’s SuperPAC, Congressional Leadership Fund, is spending $700,000 in attack TV ads to help Gianforte in the race.