Senator Steve Daines’ fairy-tale of health care finally came to an end today.
Daines spent the last few months hiding from his wicked-evil constituents, dodging the cruel Montana media, being a big shot in the DC papers, and dining with the handsome and President Charming.
He was able to avoid the horrible chore and duty of holding an in-person town hall, leaving his wicked Senior Senator Jon Tester to do the grunt work of hearing from Montanans.
Senator Daines had it all. He told the Montana media he hated the lack of transparency and he was “locket out” of the process. He told the DC media that he was one of the cool kids and was in on the partisan negotiations. His fairy-tale briefly took a dark turn when he accidentally revealed that all he really wanted in a health care bill was for thousands of Montana women to lose access to health care.
But today, the clock struck midnight. Senator Daines voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
As he scampered down the Capitol steps he tripped and fell out of his crystal cowboy boots.
Unfortunately for Senator Daines and for Montanans everywhere, we don’t live in a fairy-tale. And now it’s up to the Republicans in the Senate to try and find the health care bill that fits just right.
If the previous GOP plans are any indication of what a replacement will look like we will see thousands lose their coverage, pre-existing condition protections go away, Medicaid expansion come to an end, and no relief for the people with legitimate gripes about the Affordable Care Act. We may soon live in a harsh reality.
Another harsh reality for Senator Daines is that he will be forced to look his constituents in the eye at some point in the next 3 years. He will have to tell us how he knew better than Montana doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, patients, caretakers, and just about everyone who wanted health care costs to go down.
Here at the Montana Cowgirl Blog, we hope that come 2020, Montana voters can send Senator Daines off into the sunset and he can go back to being millionaire Daines. Let’s hope that’s not a fairy-tale.