Even after kissing GOP derriere by allowing work requirements in order to continue Medicaid expansion, Democrats got reamed by Montana Senate Republicans who voted down the expansion in a tie vote.
The main reason for the the GOP ‘no’ votes was to keep CO2-belching Colstrip plants on life support. From Lee Newspapers’ Holly K. Michels:
After the vote, Sen. Al Olszewski, a Republican from Kalispell, said he speculated that voting down the expansion bill was meant to send a message to Gov. Steve Bullock over a bill related to the coal-fired power plant in Colstrip.
The irony here: let’s tie health care for low and middle-income families to a dying, climate-changing technology.
And, yo, Democrats, how’s the bipartisanship working out for you? You’ll concede Republican amendments on even modest bills that might help Montanans yet that same legislation will be killed by the GOP if it has even a whiff of thoughtfulness or kindness.
Apparently, there continues to be a chance to make a difference on this bill (HB 658-Medicaid Expansion). Contact these senators and see if they still, although doubtful, have a heart:
Playing politics with peoples’ lives just to snub the governor and advance a obsolescent energy technology bill says it all about Montana’s GOP.