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Montanans voted down I-185 last November, speaking definitively to end Medicaid expansion. But now relentless Democrats, including our governor, along with several legislators with a deceptive “R” behind their names, have Medicaid expansion bills they’re trying to pass. The basic problem with this is its failure to address the core problem: high health care costs. Instead, it accepts the current prohibitive costs as status quo, then requires Montana taxpayers to pay for expansion for able-bodied adults, while many Montanans are struggling to pay for their own health care.

What is the end game for expansion? A single-payer health care system like Canada, which will create less access, fewer options, death panels, and state-permitted euthanasia like Canada. How are other government-run programs in health care working (VA, Indian Health Service)?

The debate isn’t actually about bringing costs down; it’s less about policy than ideology. It’s over whether we should make reforms compatible with our Constitution and freedoms, or adopt a social welfare state.

There’s a narrative out there that would have you believe either you vote for Medicaid expansion to help those in need, or you’re an uncompassionate stone-heart. The free market says otherwise. Placing control of health care in the hands of government bureaucrats is not compassionate. And it’s not free. We have choices. We need the political will to enact them. The hearing for HB425 is Saturday morning, March 16, before the House Human Services Committee. Call 444-3064 to object.

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Cynthia Marble

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