As the United States Senate continues to consider a health care proposal that would take away coverage from thousands of Montanans, bring back the ability for insurers to deny you coverage because of a pre-existing condition, and create a situation insurers call “unworkable,” Montanans are wondering: Where do our elected officials stand?
Governor Steve Bullock has joined a bipartisan group of governors denouncing this piece of legislation. Kudos to him and the Republican governors who can put their constituents before Party.
Senator Jon Tester has announced his staunch opposition to this bill. And has called for bipartisan cooperation to address problems with the Affordable Care Act.
Senator Steve Daines tells Montana he is reviewing the bill. Let’s accept this at face value for a moment. It’s been almost a week, for a piece of legislation that will impact nearly every family in Montana I think I might put that at the top of my to-do list. I may even hold a town hall or two to find out what folks think about this. Instead, Daines tells us he can’t make a decision. But just today, Senator Daines was caught with his pants down and his position laid bare for all to see:
So while he tells his constituents and the media that he is still making up his mind, he is dining with the President to talk about how to bring his colleagues over to their side.
At least be upfront and honest with your plans Senator. Don’t only let DC know how you feel, tell your constituents.
Insurance Commissioner Matt Rosendale has been noticeably silent on this proposal. Almost as if he’s calculating the political winds, hoping and praying he doesn’t have to take a public position before this thing is either the law of the land or in the trash pile. I am a little disturbed that the state’s top health care policy maker it might be time for him to let us know where he stands.
Congressman Greg Gianforte is also noticeably mum on the issue. Although, he might be busy because he’s busy fighting to avoid his mugshot and fingerprints taken. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt.
These folks certainly take a long time to decide how they feel about legislation that they’ve been using as a campaign slogan. Here’s your shot. Take the leap. Have the courage to stand by your campaign promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act and kick thousands of Montanans off of their coverage.
We don’t know yet when the Senate will vote on this bill. We know that it will move quickly through the house. We know where some of Montana’s elected officials stand. And it seems like we now know where Senator Daines stands. The White House spilled the beans.
It’s time he let the folks in Montana know as well. I don’t blame him, I get it. I don’t begrudge the man for putting Party before Montana. I just don’t think I’ll vote to re-elect him.