Sen. Jon Tester (D. MT)
Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D. MT):
When it comes to how we handle health care in this country, I’m not concerned about politics. I’m concerned about people.
Washington politicians just introduced a plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a new system.
I have to say, this plan is troubling to say the very least. Thousands of Montanans are at risk to lose their coverage.
I’m the first to say that the Affordable Care Act could use some improvement. But this isn’t the way to do it. We shouldn’t be putting this many Montanans at risk — it’s irresponsible, it’s short-sighted, and it’s just plain wrong.
That’s not even the worst of it. This plan hits seniors particularly hard. Insurance companies could charge seniors up to five times as much as younger folks for their health insurance. Medicare would be weakened while the wealthy and insurance executives would get tax breaks.
Rural communities will also take a hit — family planning clinics that provide critical health services to thousands of Montanans would see their funding cut.
I’ve been holding town hall meetings all over Montana, talking to people and hearing their stories. They’re scared we’re about to go back to the days when people couldn’t afford to get sick.