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FACT CHECK: Steve Daines Tries to Rewrite History on His Votes to Dismantle Montanans’ Health Care

PLANNED PARENTHOOD VOTES
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday July 6, 2020
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Washington, DC — In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Affordable Care Act's protections for people with pre-existing conditions and expanded health care coverage are more critical than ever. That might be one reason why Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) is running a new political ad to rewrite his record and hide his votes to dismantle the ACA — votes that would have ended health care protections for more than 400,000 Montanans with pre-existing conditions.

   

   

Helena Independent Record headline, 07/18/2017

The truth is that Daines has built a career in Washington out of attacking our health care and our reproductive rights, and Montanans won't easily forget his record no matter how much money he spends on misleading political ads. Here's what you need to know about Daines's attempts to mislead Montanans about his record:

CLAIM: "Daines will protect Montanans with pre-existing conditions." [Steve Daines for Montana ad, 7/3/2020]

FACT: Daines voted multiple times for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the health care law that protects patients with pre-existing conditions from being denied health care or charged more for the same health insurance plans.

FACT: If Daines is successful in dismantling the ACA, it would end protections for more than 420,000 Montanans with pre-existing conditions and take health insurance away from the more than 80,000 Montanans who have coverage through Medicaid expansion.

FACT: Daines said he would vote to repeal the ACA with no replacement plan, the Helena Independent Record reported — a move that would have jeopardized health care for 20 million people.

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