Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. – Will Rogers
Today’s quick hits deal with:
- Pre-existing Conditions
- Quist & Gianforte Poll
- Junior Returns
- Raising Fuel Taxes
With the U.S. House passing their version of the healthcare bill, one of the big issues is whether or not the House bill will cover pre-existing conditions. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price appeared on Meet the Press and was asked about it:
ANDREA MITCHELL: Well good to be with you. Let’s talk about the health care bill as it was passed by the house. The president promised that he would take care of people with pre-existing conditions. Critics say that this bill as passed by the house does not.
SEC. TOM PRICE:
No, I think it’s absolutely true that the president is fulfilling his promise to the American people and that is to make certain that every single American has access to the kind of coverage that they want for themselves and for their family, not that their government forces them to buy and make certain that we ensure that individuals with pre-existing illnesses and injuries and conditions are covered, but covered in a way that they want. Again, not that Washington forces them.
In a press release, Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), stated, “Trumpcare allows insurance companies to discriminate against the 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions.”
The New York Times looks at some of the claims HERE.
It seems it depends on which side of the fence these people sit. Meanwhile, “we the people” may not know until it’s signed into law.
Quist & Gianforte Poll:
Roll Call reported over the weekend that according to the Senate Majority PAC (a Democratic super PAC), Greg Gianforte leads Rob Quist 49 to 43 percent. I don’t think they included Libertarian Mark Wicks in their polling.
These are great poll numbers for both sides. They can both use the poll to tell their supporters they are in a close race and squeeze a few more dollars from their donors.
Donald J. Trump, Jr., is coming back to Montana to campaign for Greg Gianforte, who is running for the U.S. House in Montana’s special election.
Here is the schedule in Montana, which is from a press release from Gianforte:
May 11th: Helena, Montana at 8:30 a.m.
May 11th: Butte, Montana at 10:15 a.m.
May 11th: Sidney, Montana at 2:00 p.m.
May 11th: Great Falls, Montana at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $10.
Vice President Mike Pence will also be coming to Montana to campaign for Gianforte according to U.S. Senator Steve Daines. Daines disclosed the information on a conference call. I imagine the VP’s people were none too happy that Daines opened his mouth and disclosed the VP’s plans that far ahead of time.
Raising Fuel Taxes:
In case you missed it, Governor Steve Bullock signed HB 473 last week (May 3). According to MTN News that law will gradually increase our gasoline taxes by 6 cents a gallon and the diesel tax by 2 cents a gallon by 2023.
You can click HERE to find out who in the Republican-controlled House voted “Yes” to increase your taxes and click HERE to find out who in the Republican-controlled Senate voted “Yes” to increase your taxes.
Shame on the people who voted to raise fuel taxes.