LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Get ready, Republicans

Editor,

Are Miles City’s Republicans ready for what their new president and the Republican congress is going to do for them and to us? Starting with health care, anyone who thinks the proposed massive cuts in Medicaid will not adversely affect us has not thought this through. You may personally have health insurance but how will severe Medicaid cuts affect our medical community, including local rest homes and assisted living businesses, EMI, the Holy Rosary Hospital, the Billings Clinic, Eastern Montana Mental Health and the Custer County Community Heath Center? Those hits to our local economy, coupled with the Trump Administration’s plans of severe cuts in funding domestic programs nationally and, locally, in funding for the BLM, Veterans Administration facility and the Fort Keogh Agricultural Station, will cause us, and the rest of rural Montana, to be economically “body slammed.”

It’s bad enough that Trump, to further his proposed spending and budget goals, shamefully called for our government to “shut down in September.” His and congressional Republican values are clear in their budget and health care proposals. The Senate’s secret health care plan proposes to take from the poor and middle class and give to the ultra rich.

We recently saw Trump celebrating in the Rose Garden that the House had passed the House’s Republican health-care bill. This proposed bill, in addition to slashing Medicaid funding, brings back pre-existing condition exclusions and drastically increases health insurance costs for those more than 50 years of age. It removes health coverage from 20-plus million Americans to fund an $800 billion tax cut for our nation’s multimillionaire citizens. The Republican Senate is marching lock step with the House on health care. It’s time that everyone, especially you Montanans that supported Gianforte and Daines, to get on the phone to them and do something for Montana. Both Gianforte and Daines have said they want input from Montanans on its impact on Montana. Call them and insist that they vote against the Republican health care proposals in the House and Senate.

 

Terry Hanson

Miles City

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