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By: Peter Christian

Montana’s Insurance Commissioner and State Auditor Matt Rosendale was livid on Thursday after learning that Governor Steve Bullock vetoed Senate Bill 71, that would have helped lower prescription drug costs for thousands of Montanans.

“SB 71 was a piece of legislation that we spent about two years putting together, that would reduce the cost of prescription drugs for the people of Montana,” said Rosendale. “This is the only one that is really going to help lower costs by $7 to $8 million per year and the Governor has just vetoed it.”

Rosendale said the only reason that Bullock would have vetoed a bill that would have benefitted so many Montanans had to be political.

“We’ve got a case study that states that this will work and so the only justification that is real has got to be politics, strictly politics,” he said. “Governor Bullock decided to side with insurance companies and the multi-billion dollar pharmacy benefit manager companies and left Montanans out in the cold.”

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