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Montanans believe in concrete, pragmatic solutions. They expect us, as their elected officials, to put aside partisanship in order to solve difficult problems and preserve our way of life.

My colleagues in the Legislature did this in 2015 when they passed Medicaid expansion, increasing access to life-saving health insurance to thousands of Montana families. That story could have gone differently, and indeed it has in many other places.

Your representatives could have refused to listen to each other and spent valuable time bickering over the best ideological solution to a problem that was hurting Montanans every single day. I am so grateful that in Montana we do things differently; we put aside our egos and our differences to sit down and find solutions to make life better.

Our members of Congress need to take a cue from the Capitol in Helena and stop playing political games with health insurance, tossing out unworkable so-called solutions that would create more problems than they fix. We know that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Instead of grandstanding and trying to score points with lobbyists over who has the best solution on paper, they need to protect and strengthen programs like Medicaid, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act that are already saving lives.

Senator Jen Gross

SD 25

Billings

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