Rob Quist will stand up for Montanans’ access to affordable care, while Greg Gianforte is “thankful” for disastrous D.C. bill

HELENA – Health care is a top concern for voters heading to the polls for Thursday’s special election to fill Montana’s lone House seat.

After medical complications following surgery, Rob Quist got into debt. Rob paid off his debt, but he believes no one should ever face bankruptcy just because they get sick and will oppose D.C.’s disastrous health care bill.

Greg Gianforte supports the Un-American Health Care Act, which would raise costs for consumers, eliminate health coverage for 70,000 Montanans, and end protections for pre-existing conditions — all to pay for huge tax breaks for millionaires like Gianforte himself. A study released last week found that he’d get an $8 million tax cut from the bill.


MTN News: In final days of MT U.S. House campaign, health care a focus

HELENA – As Montana’s special congressional election enters its home stretch, Democrat Rob Quist is shining a spotlight on the issue of health care, hoping it can propel him to an upset victory.

“I think there could not be a bill that would be more wrong,” he says of the bill passed by U.S. House Republicans May 4, to overhaul the Affordable Care Act. “My opponent said he didn’t know what was in it. Well, I know what was in it, and it was not good for the people of America.”

Quist’s main opponent in Thursday’s election is Republican Greg Gianforte, who has campaigned for repealing the ACA, also known as “Obamacare.”

Upon passage of the House GOP’s bill to repeal the ACA, Gianforte told reporters he wanted to know more about it before deciding whether he’d support it.

But on that same day, in a taped conservation with potential campaign donors, Gianforte said he was “thankful” for its passage and “that we’re starting to repeal and replace (Obamacare).”

In the past week, Quist has rolled out TV campaign ads blasting Gianforte for being “thankful” for the bill’s passage, which Quist says “eliminates protections for pre-existing conditions,” raises premiums for those who have one, and cuts taxes for the wealthy.