The office of U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) is denying that the senator will no longer oppose Medicaid expansion going forward after a quote appeared in a Capitol Hill news outlet, where the Republican — and noted Obamacare critic — said that he respects “the decision of our Legislature and our governor on Medicaid expansion.”
Parliamentary maneuvering and a strategic partnership between moderate Republicans and Democrats in the Montana State legislature have provided Democrats with de-facto control over the House of Representatives on two key issues this session.
State Sen. Ed Buttrey’s (R-Great Falls) Medicaid expansion bill — SB 405 — would add new bureacracy within the State Dept. of Labor and Industry (DLI) that will cost the state $3.5 million from 2016-2020 according the Governor’s Office of Budget and Program Planning (OBPP).
Montana State Sen. Ed Buttrey (R-Great Falls) and the office of Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock have been working together over the last month on SB 405, Buttrey’s Medicaid expansion “alternative” that would still use federal dollars to expand Medicaid in Montana as part of Obamacare.
Proponents of Montana Medicaid expansion under Obamacare have long used the argument that the state should expand Medicaid, because, if the state refused to take the federal dollars, then the money would simply go to pay for expansion in other states.
Medicaid expansion is voted down in committee and Media Trackers compiles the top social media highlights as the hearing unfolded.
While Schweitzer is now slamming opponents of Medicaid expansion, back when he was governor in 2011, Schweitzer expressed a certain amount of skepticism about expansion, even worrying — similar to AFP’s current claims — that it would “run the risk of bankrupting” the state.
Montana Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock pulled out all the stops last night in his semiannual State of the State Address, launching a fiery tirade against the legislature’s Republican caucus for so far refusing to expand Medicaid as part of Obamacare.
In a conference with Montana state legislators yesterday, Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich sought support for a state resolution calling for a federal balanced budget amendment and discussed the dangers of out-of-control federal spending. He then called on the state to expand Medicaid as part of Obamacare.
Throwing austerity to the wind, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) used the country’s improving economic numbers to call for more spending from state and federal lawmakers on a host of issues from infrastructure, to education, to healthcare in his semi-annual speech to the Montana state legislature.