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Multiple Bills for Medicaid Expansion In Montana

The citizens will have until Friday March 22nd to share their concerns with the committee.

Medicaid Expansion In Montana

Multiple Bills for Medicaid Expansion In Montana

By Tim Ravndal

On Saturday March 16th the Montana Legislative House Human Services Committee held the first hearings on Medicaid Expansion.

In 2018 the voters of Montana were asked to support I185 an initiative that would expand Medicaid, and remove the sunset on current law.  The initiative also would have increased taxes on cigarettes in Montana.  The people went to the polls and resoundingly voted down Medicaid Expansion.

Representative Mary Caferro HD81

Governor Bullock working within Democratic channels brought forward an effort to push Medicaid Expansion past the people in the 2019 Legislative session.

Representative Mary Caferro of Helena is carrying HB425 that will continue the existing program born under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

HB425 is an 8 page bill that will permanently bring forward a funding mechanism to Expand Medicaid costing over 7 million dollars the first year at the expense of taxpayers of Montana.

To the surprise of many in the Republican majority of the 66th Legislative session Representative Edward Buttery also brought forward HB658.

HB658 will make the medicaid expansion program permanent by repealing the termination of the Montana health and economic livelihood partnership act. The 45 page bill is under attack from both parties for different reasons.

Still to date there is no fiscal note attached to HB658 so the cost to the taxpayers is unknown.

Representative Edward Buttrey HD21

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is one of the largest departments in Montana State government dependent upon Medicaid Expansion.  Growth of the department has outpaced funding over the past 2 years.

Many Montana Legislators are being asked by the voters to cut the size of the department due to overreach into most aspects of society.  This would result in a reduction in employment affecting Helena economy.

The Democratic Bill HB425 found favorable support from multiple governmental departments and a high level of support from representatives from the multiple Indian Reservations here in Montana.

The voters of Montana will have until Friday March 22nd when the committee plans to take executive action on both bills.  If the bills pass the committee, they will then go to the full house for a vote before being defeated or moved to the Montana Senate.

With the overall budget moving to the Senate, Representative Theresa Manzella and 3 other Republicans voted against HB2.  Representative Manzella stated: “This budget will represent more than 10% growth over the last biennium, and includes 550 million for the faulty Medicaid projection figures, which we missed by 50%”  Many citizens are pleased to see a handful of representatives like Mrs. Manzella working for the people.

Montana Rep. Theresa Manzella on Forest Management
Montana Representative Theresa Manzella

We are pleased to see a handful of representatives Like Mrs. Manzella working for the people.

The committee members can be contacted by visiting the Legislative committee page.  There the representatives can be individually contacted to see how they will vote on the bills.

Chairman Dennis Lenz and Vice Chairman Edward Buttrey can share your concerns with the committee before they  take executive action on the bills.

 

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1 Comment on Multiple Bills for Medicaid Expansion In Montana

  1. “Representative Mary Caferro of Helena is carrying HB425 that will continue the existing program born under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.”

    There has never been a lawful “President Obama”. Any person who is to serve as a US President is REQUIRED to meet three conditions
    — be a natural-born citizen of the United States;
    — be at least thirty-five years old;
    — have been a permanent resident in the United States for at least fourteen years.

    [Plus Under Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment, no person who swore an Oath to support the US Constitution, and later rebelled against the United States, can become president.]

    What happened with Obama, “his” administration, the “Intelligence agencies”, etc under his none presidential occupation of the Office of US President was TREASON. Why do we still allow those traitors to go uncharged, unpunished for their crimes (and continued crimes) against the American people and our nation?

    In our Constitutional Republic, Citizens are “natural born” only if they are born of parents that are already US Citizens.

    John Jay, who had been a member of the Continental Congress sent this letter of July 25, 1787, to George Washington, who presided over the Convention: “…Permit me to hint, whether it would not be wise & seasonable to provide a strong check to the admission of foreigners into the administration of our national government and to declare expressly that the Command in Chief of the american army shall not be given to, nor devolve on, any but a natural born Citizen…”

    According, Art. II, §1, Cl. 5 was drafted to read:
    “No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.”

    In §214, Vattel states that “fundamental law” may withhold from naturalized citizens some of the rights of citizens, such as holding public office. The US Constitution is our “fundamental law”; and, following Vattel, Art. II, §1, Cl. 5 withholds from naturalized citizens (except for our Founding Generation which was “grandfathered in”) the right to hold the office of President.

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