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Governor Bullock on Healthcare Executive Order: “A reckless stroke of a pen”

Bullock renews call for bipartisan healthcare reform with input from states

Thursday, October 12, 2017/Categories: Governor's Office/Tags:

Governor Steve Bullock today criticized the White House Executive Order on healthcare and urged the Administration and Congress to once again pursue an open and transparent process to find bipartisan solutions on healthcare reform.

"Undermining America's health insurance marketplace with a reckless stroke of a pen is irresponsible at best and outright sabotage at worst," said Governor Bullock. "Instead of making partisan political statements - which have real-life impacts on Montanans and Americans - the Administration and Congress must work with states to find responsible and bipartisan ways to address healthcare reform."

Last month Governor Bullock joined Republican, Independent and Democratic Governors asking Congress to reject the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson amendment and instead support bipartisan efforts to bring stability and affordability to insurance markets. Governor Bullock testified in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions and urged the committee to focus on the immediate steps Congress can take to stabilize premiums and help individuals in the insurance market.

Governor Bullock has consistently called on Congress to work with Republican and Democratic governors to find bipartisan solutions to fix America’s healthcare system. In August, Bullock joined 4 other Democratic governors, 5 Republican governors, and 1 Independent to pursue an open, bipartisan process. He then joined a similar bipartisan group of governors to suggest a set of guiding principles to address rising healthcare costs and restore stability to insurance markets.

Bullock has publicly criticized the secretive, one-party process to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act as “exactly what’s wrong with Washington, D.C” and blasted previous House and Senate proposals that would have damaging impacts on Montanans “half-baked and heartless.”

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.

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