The news came today that Steve Daines supports Medicaid expansion in Montana and will oppose any “Obamacare Repeal” legislation that conflicts with it. “I respect the decision of our legislature and our governor on Medicaid expansion, and I’m one who respects their right and voices,” Daines was quoted in The Hill today.
I’m glad Daines is seeing the light. It is good news and bad news, depending on who you are. It’s bad news for Tea Party imbeciles across Montana, for they have been fractured into pieces and their own representatives, such as Daines, are now deserting them. It’s good news for the many thousands of working people who can now get healthcare, and it’s good news for Governor Bullock because on another of his signature policy issues, the Republicans appear to have called a full-on retreat, and are running for the hills, including the beleaguered Montana Republican Party which responded to the news from Daines today by trying to change the subject, tweeting vaguely something about a “dark money retreat in Virginia.” With its top official supporting Bullock’s healthcare initiative, the GOP is in a hopeless spot.