Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Steve Daines is here, and he wants to break Montana’s health care.
I am reminded of a previous post from this blog: Current View of GOP’s Health Plan.
Instead of holding a town hall over the August recess, or generally meeting with his constituents, it seems Steve Daines was busy scuba-diving in the Swamp. What does Daines have to show for it? He came up for air and gave Montana this monstrosity known as Cassidy-Graham.
Cassidy-Graham is the latest iteration of the GOP’s attempt to fulfill the bumper sticker rallying cry that has been their platform for the last 8 years: REPEAL OBAMACARE. You’ll remember Daines and his GOP pals tried this two months ago. Here’s a refresher from July:
- Of Course Steve Daines Wants to Cancel August Recess
- Where do Montana Elected Officials Stand on the Senate Health Care Bill?
- Hypocrisy Thy Name is Steve Daines
- Clock Strikes Midnight on Steve Daines’ Health Care Fairytale
- Steve Daines is Literally Playing Games with Montanans’ Health Care
Now I know, it seems like I’ve been hard on Steve Daines. But trust me, he deserves it. It’s a rarity for an elected official to so actively advocate for policies that will have such adverse impacts on their constituents. Daines is advocating for legislation that will allow get rid of the protections people with pre-existing conditions currently have.
If you have asthma, cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, muscular dystrophy, sleep apnea, pregnancy, acne, acid reflux, kidney stones, migraines, ulcers, heartburn, seizures, alcoholism, kidney disease, mental health issues, obesity, an insurer can decide to charge you more for coverage.
We’ve never done a reader-census here at the Cowgirl Blog, but my guess is you or someone you love, fits into one of the above boxes. Daines’ bill would devastate the lives of anyone that has a pre-existing condition.
His bill would end Medicaid expansion.
His bill would block grant Medicaid to the state with no requirements that those dollars go to cover the poor and disabled. With a state budget in crisis thanks to GOP legislators who refuse to play ball, I wonder where that money might go….
Graham-Cassidy is an abomination and Steve Daines is in the corner, with pom-poms, calling out a call-and-response:
Daines: What do we want?
Daines: To take away health coverage from thousands of Montanans.
Not a very catchy cheer and not a great policy position for one of our U.S. Senators.
Today, John McCain came out against this bill. He listened to his constituents. He listened to his heart. At this point, I am starting to worry that Daines is lacking ears, and a heart. First he loses his ears, then he loses his heart, and the fact that he thinks the State government can cover the Medicaid cuts tells me he might have lost his mind. That doesn’t leave much. We’ve had 34 Senators from our great state. Some have been good, some have been bad. We’ve had farmers, ranchers, soldiers, miners, and hell, even one criminal, but we’ve never had an empty-suit–until now.