Rosendale not doing his job

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Matt Rosendale took office as State Auditor/State Insurance Commissioner January 2, 2017. He began his Senate campaign just 6 months later in July 2017. His position is a 4 year term. It sure looks like he had no intention of fulfilling the duties of that office. He’s not doing his current job. The only person in the state who has the power to approve or push back on health insurance rate hikes is the State Insurance Commissioner. That’s Matt Rosendale’s job. He reviewed the proposed rate increases of up to 23%, found them “reasonable”, and didn’t bother to negotiate with insurance companies. If you’re paying for health insurance, think how a 23% rate hike would affect your budget.   

He hired a former insurance industry lobbyist as his deputy commissioner.    

Rosendale is apparently too busy campaigning and fundraising outstate to meet with Montanans and hold public hearings for this year’s rate review.

Claiming that he will fight to lower health care costs, Rosendale

has said he’ll protect Montanans with pre-existing conditions. He supports short term plan expansion. These plans can easily deny folks with pre-existing conditions any health care coverage. Rosendale also opposes Montana’s Medicaid plan. It covers 96,000 Montanans.

Rosendale’s position looks like a stepping stone. If he is uninterested in serving Montanans in his current position, fulfilling his 4 year term, and not doing the job he was elected to do, is this someone we should trust as a Montana Senator?  

Linda Healow

Billings

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