Monday’s Quick Hits

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

Pre-existing Conditions:

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.


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.

Junior Returns:

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.



9 thoughts on “Monday’s Quick Hits

  1. Trump Jr may be more of a loadstone around Gianforte’s neck than an ASSet. It would seem Gianforte’s embrace of Trumpism is costing him votes.

    • Carole: Thanks. For some reason it appears Junior draws some crowds and Gianforte and his team believe it helps him. -JmB

  2. As our 1930’s roads and bridges on Highway 2 ,in Blaine County fall apart, only the right wing wackos in the Republican Party voted for no improvement. Only the stupid would know there has not been enough money to maintain our transportation system.

    • Richard – I don’t think raising Montana’s gas taxes six cents per gallon will do you much good for your roads in Blaine County. That will make them about 33 cents per every gallon in Montana and added to the 18 cents for the Feds. There needs to be a revamping of how that money can be used – like fewer hiking trails paid for with fuel taxes, or the money being used for education, or Medicaid, instead of on roads and bridges.

      Thanks for your comments.


  3. Pre-existing conditions: Fake News…

    The polls I saw showed Gianforte up 15 points over Quist. As we learned from the Presidental election, the left and the media tends to inflate their candidates numbers. That false sense of security in leading lead HRC to think she had it in the bag…we all know better now.

    Bullock: I wonder where the revenue will go, for the last 8 years, none has made it down to Sanders County and our roads. When I talked with our road superintendent last week about our road conditions, I asked who I could call to talk to about it. His answer was, Gov. Bullock and finished the sentance with “Good luck with that…!”

    • Barry – I heard of one poll that had Gianforte up big, but that does not help either candidate with fundraising and volunteers. The one I mentioned seemed to get more publicity because it makes it look closer than it really is.
      I was disappointed in the raising of taxes on fuel. They won’t make much on the new taxes – maybe enough to hire a few people to work in DOT in Helena.


      • Craig – Thanks. You’re probably right but it excited some people! -JmB

    • Like a good little sTrumpette you label any truths you can’t handle as ‘fake news’. It’s intellectually lazy and bigly SAD!

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