By: Mike Dennison
As U.S. Senate Republicans’ latest plan to repeal and replace “Obamacare” crashed and burned, two of the state’s top GOP officeholders said Tuesday they support a straight repeal of the health-care law – with a delayed effective date.
Both U.S. Sen. Steve Daines and state Auditor Matt Rosendale, whose office regulates insurance, told MTN News that the Affordable Care Act now should simply be repealed, without a replacement.
The repeal then can be delayed for two years while Congress works on a replacement, they said.
“I think ultimately we have got to have (health) insurance regulation turned back over to the states,” Rosendale said in an interview. “The federal government is finally starting to recognize that providing oversight at that level … doesn’t function properly, because each of the states are so dramatically different.”
Daines also said he’s concerned about the cost of the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, which he said is “blowing the (state) budget.”
“It’s a fiscal train-wreck,” he said. “We are on an unsustainable fiscal path in Montana.”
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