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Montana Insurance Commissioner Comments On Failure Of Obamacare Repeal

Rep. Matt Rosendale
Eric Whitney
Montana Public Radio
Matthew Rosendale, Montana's Commissioner of Securities and Insurance.


One day after Senate leaders officially pulled the plug on their latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Montana’s Insurance Commissioner spoke on the issue.

Commissioner Matt Rosendale held what he called an “insurance summit” in Helena on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

In his remarks kicking off the event, he said:

"Back in February, the local media put a headline out that said ‘Montana insurance commissioner says repeal and replace will not come soon.’ And I had a lot of calls from around the state, from Washington, DC saying, ‘what are you doing putting out a statement like that for? We’re working to try and accomplish this, we want to have changes in the healthcare market, and we want to have this repeal.’ Well, here it is folks, seven months later, September 27th, and we still do not have a repeal."

Rosendale is no fan of the Affordable Care Act.  On his Facebook page, he says it “started the government takeover of healthcare.” 

His opposition to the law is one reason he’s given for campaigning for the Republican party’s nomination to challenge Senator Jon Tester in 2018.

Eric Whitney is NPR's Mountain West/Great Plains Bureau Chief, and was the former news director for Montana Public Radio.
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