Posted: Mar 28, 2013 9:00 AM by MTN News
HELENA - Governor Steve Bullock's plan to extend Medicaid coverage to more Montanans suffered a blow on Wednesday as Republicans on the House Health and Human Services Committee tabled the proposal.
Representative Scott Reichner (R-Big Fork) says the long-term financial commitment to providing government health care to more Montanans could be devastating. But, Ellie Hill (D-Missoula), opposed the motion to table the bill, saying this was the most important bill of the entire session. She also said the party line vote was a shameful display of partisan politics.
Bullock issued a statement after the vote, saying that "legislators who signed up for taxpayer funded health care for themselves and profess a desire to create jobs, said no to health care for thousands of others, no to creating thousands of jobs and no to the thousands of constituents who contacted them supporting this measure."
A pair of separate Medicaid expansion bills received hearings over in the Montana Senate on Wednesday. Republicans on the committee voted against the bills, but because of procedural rules the full Senate will take a vote on the two proposals on Thursday.