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Let’s not forget congressional candidate Matt Rosendale

With all the hoopla surrounding the potential impeachment of Donald Trump, and how Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte are responding to the news, congressional candidate Matt Rosendale is going unnoticed.

Bear in mind that Rosendale is a strong Trump supporter. His Facebook page leads with: “He is a Trump-backed conservative,” and there’s a photo of Trump and Rosendale at a podium during one of the president’s many visits to Montana. Remember Trump’s (and Pence’s) petty attempts to topple Sen. Jon Tester with visits to Great Falls, Missoula, Bozeman and Billings? Rosendale’s website also has a video that closes with BFF’s Trump and Rosendale damn near embracing at one of these events. 

So a news story concerning Auditor Rosendale’s office (I refuse to use the lengthy title of Commissioner of Securities and Insurance) caught my attention.

The office reached a settlement with call centers, companies and individuals that were selling bogus short-term health insurance policies. The amount to be paid by these entities is $284,500, to date, and will be distributed once the final number affected by these scams is known.

That’s cool. It should be noted, however, that the investigation started during Democrat Monica Lindeen’s tenure, not Rosendale’s. More noteworthy, Rosendale was a big promoter of these short-term policies when he was in the Montana Legislature and as auditor. From KRTV: 

“Rosendale said states should be allowed to let health insurers offer less-expensive plans that cover fewer things, instead of the minimum benefits mandated by the ACA.”

He’s particularly fond of so–called “Christian” health insurance pools, like the fraudulent Medi-Share. From the Missoula Current:

The program accepts members who can prove they’re living a “Biblical” lifestyle in accordance with the Christian faith. Since it’s unregulated, Medi-Share isn’t required to cover preexisting conditions, and it can deny claims for little reason.

Rosendale was always a rabid opponent of the ACA (also known as Obamacare). Then there was his vote against Medicaid expansion as a state senator in 2015.

So, we pretty much know where he stands on health care but back to his support of Donald Trump. Unlike Daines and Gianforte, who continue to back an increasingly erratic Trump, Rosendale (although he still keeps Trump references up on his various sites) has been mum on the impeachment proceedings. Not being a current member of Congress, he can sit out this latest Trump scandal and see which way the wind blows, then opportunistically update his resume as he sees fit.

 

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About the author

Pete Talbot

'Papa’ Pete Talbot is first and foremost a grandfather to five wonderful grandchildren. Like many Montanans, he has held numerous jobs over the years: film and video producer, a partner in a marketing and advertising firm, a builder and a property manager. He’s served on local and statewide Democratic Party boards. Pete has also been blogging at various sites for over a decade. Ping-pong and skiing are his favorite diversions. He enjoys bourbon.

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