Gazette Editorial Rakes Matt Rosendale Across the Coals for Working to Undermine Healthcare in Montana


I’ve certainly expressed my frustration with the news coverage about Mr. Rosendale, but this editorial points out just how badly Mr. Rosendale has failed in his duty as Auditor and just how dangerous the policies he supports would be for Montanans.

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As the state’s insurance commissioner, Rosendale should know that the policies he supports do opposite of what he promised. He opposed the access to affordable care the HELP Act is providing to 100,000 Montanans. He promotes the short-term policies that can reject Montanans who have pre-existing health conditions. A study based on 2015 data estimated that 25 percent of Montanans ages 18-64 have pre-existing conditions that could disqualify them from policies not subject to Affordable Care Act requirements.

Rosendale’s “repeal Obamacare” mantra rings hollow. Montanans have benefitted from the Affordable Care Act, Despite its flaws, the ACA has given many thousands of Montanans the peace of mind that a medical emergency won’t trigger financial disaster.


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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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