After nearly 8 long years of listening to Congressman Steve Daines, and now Senator Steve Daines, scream “repeal and replace” across our TV sets he’s settled on just the repeal effort.
Yesterday, MTN’s Mike Dennison reported that Senator Daines (and Commissioner Rosendale) have decided that ripping away coverage for 22 million Americans wasn’t enough, and they need to see 32 million Americans lose coverage.
On it’s face this seems to be your usual run-of-the-mill GOP talking point/attempt at public policy: take from the poor to enrich the wealthy.
But earlier this week Senator Daines rode in on his white horse and took credit for funding Community Health Centers across Montana.
From the Montana Standard:
Daines said Montana’s Community Health Centers provide reliable access to affordable health care close to home.
“I’m pleased that Montanans … will continue to have the health services they rely on,” he said.
I don’t disagree with Senator Daines. It is great that Montanans will continue to have the health services they rely on.
But less than 7 days after claiming credit for this money, Senator Daines wants to take away the source of this money.
The much maligned ACA created a Community Health Center fund. This money trickles down to the states in the form of the grants that Daines claimed credit for.
If Senator Daines gets his way next week, and the ACA is repealed, the CHC’s across Montana will not get this vital funding. It will be harder for them to balance their books. It will be harder for them to keep the lights on. It will be harder for the Montanans who use CHC’s for care to receive treatment.
The result will be the antithesis of Senator Daines’ quote: He will be pleased that Montanans will no longer have access to the health services they rely on.
All for the fulfillment of a campaign promise.
Senator Daines can’t have it both ways. Either the funds from the ACA are good and allow for Montanans to have access to the care they need. Or the whole bill needs to go.
This week he championed money from the ACA. Next week, he will vote to repeal the bill and get rid of that money and the coverage for 32 million Americans.
If you look up hypocrite in the dictionary, you’ll find a smiling picture of Senator Daines.