Governor Steve Bullock today joined a bipartisan group of governors across the country to call on the United States Senate to reject the latest healthcare repeal efforts and pursue an open, bipartisan process that includes Republican and Democratic governors.
"Congress should work to make health insurance more affordable by controlling costs and stabilizing the market, and we are pleased to see a growing number of senators stand up for this approach. The Senate should immediately reject efforts to 'repeal' the current system and replace sometime later. This could leave millions of Americans without coverage. The best next step is for both parties to come together and do what we can all agree on: fix our unstable insurance markets. Going forward, it is critically important that governors are brought to the table to provide input, and we stand ready to work with lawmakers in an open, bipartisan way to provide better insurance for all Americans." the governors said in a joint statement.
Governor Bullock added, “This isn’t about politics – this is about people’s lives. Montanans, and all Americans, deserve access to quality and affordable healthcare. This latest attempt to ‘repeal’ and replace later would be a damaging step backwards. We must instead find a bipartisan path forward to fix the flaws in our overall healthcare system. ”
Under Governor Bullock’s leadership, Montana policymakers, healthcare professionals, hospitals, businesses, patients, and insurance companies worked diligently to craft bipartisan, made-in-Montana healthcare solutions. In 2015 Bullock worked with Republican and Democratic legislators to pass the Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership (HELP) Act, an innovative approach to Medicaid expansion. This has led to a dramatic drop in the number of Montanans without insurance. Nearly 80,000 Montanans have gained access to healthcare and the uninsured rate in Montana has dropped from a staggering 20% in 2013 to 7% in 2016.