Kudos to Emily Singer at The American Independent for capturing this:
Montana GOP Sen. Steve Daines is out with a new ad in his competitive reelection bid, which distorts his record on health care and preexisting conditions.
In a new 30-second spot that began running over the July Fourth holiday weekend, a doctor says she supports Daines because he will protect those with preexisting conditions.
“Steve Daines will protect Montanans with preexisting conditions and fight for lower prescription drug prices,” the woman says.
However Daines actually voted to repeal preexisting condition protections during the GOP's 2017 effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Daines voted for the final failed Senate repeal effort, now known as the “skinny repeal,” which would have allowed states to waive some of the essential health benefits the ACA mandated insurance policies include.
As CNN reported at the time, the “skinny” repeal bill would have caused seniors “and those with pre-existing conditions” to see a rise in their health care premiums and would have resulted in “less comprehensive” coverage.
Daines also refused to condemn a lawsuit now before the Supreme Court that would invalidate the ACA, better known as Obamacare, causing millions to lose their health insurance and coverage for pre-existing conditions.
Gov. Steve Bullock and local health care leaders spoke about the importance of Medicaid expansion on Tuesday, saying the COVID-19 public health crisis has only reinforced the need for the program.
The government program that offers health coverage to low-income adults was reauthorized by the 2019 Montana Legislature and had been a major priority for Bullock. The program was tweaked by Republican lawmakers to include work and “community engagement” requirements, which are still awaiting approval by the federal government and have not yet gone into place.
Medicaid expansion now covers about 7.8% of Montana’s population.
Bullock said no one could have predicted that one year after reauthorization, the world would be grappling with a pandemic.
“But we did know at that time that this health coverage is fundamental to increasing access to care and treatment, to our economic livelihoods in Montana, and to keeping our rural hospitals afloat,” Bullock said.
Bullock said that for these reasons, Montana has fared better during the pandemic than the 14 states that did not expand Medicaid.
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