Posted: Apr 19, 2013 7:52 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News
HELENA - "The losers aren't the Democrats and the Republicans who worked together and found a workable compromise. The losers are the 70,000 Montanans who would have access to quality affordable care, but now will be forced to go without," said Governor Steve Bullock, as he hopes his office and the Legislature can reach a compromise to get more low income Montanans insured.
He says this could mean using the budget as a bargaining chip or perhaps taking the issue directly to the voters of Montana. When asked if he would call the legislature into a special session, the governor said all options are on the table.
In the Montana House of Representatives, the bill that would allow Medicaid money to pay for insurance for low-income individuals was effectively referred back to committee where it will likely die.
Governor Steve Bullock is blasting the actions of the House saying leadership played games with one of the most important bills of the Session.
Bullock characterized the actions of House leadership as disappointing and a procedural trick.