HELENA - While Montanans don’t have a vote in the
“I believe that Obamacare needs to be repealed and replaced,” said Republican
Gianforte, a technology entrepreneur from Bozeman who failed to unseat the incumbent Democrat in last year’s gubernatorial race, is up against Democrat
Gianforte said that under the Affordable Care Act, premiums have doubled and Montanans can’t afford it. Last year the cost of some plans on the federal marketplace went up as much as 62 percent, though 85 percent of Montanans who purchase insurance there receive a premium tax credit that will offset the rate increase.
“We need to repeal and replace with a plan that will lower premiums and increase access,” he said.
But that doesn’t mean he’s throwing his weight behind the bill in front of
“The process is just starting in
Gianforte stressed that he doesn’t want to see anyone lose health care under
But he added that the state’s cost burden to pay for
Quist also thinks the bill before
“It’s going to kick millions of Americans off of health insurance and increase the cost for many in
Quist said he believes every citizen has the right to affordable health care and that attempts to fix the Affordable Care Act have been stonewalled by
Saying that a back injury sustained while baling hay once almost financially sunk his own family, Quist said costs need to come down.
“I can’t tell you the number of benefits I’ve played for,” he said, for people who need to pay off medical bills.
Any meaningful change would include more transparency in the cost of medical care and prescription drugs, he said.
And while Quist has said before he thinks the single-payer system is the best way to go, on Friday he said he’s not sure it can be accomplished.
“I think it’s going to be hard to get there at this point in time. We need to look at fixing the system that’s in place.”