On Senate floor, Tester calls out GOP for ‘scheming’ in secret on health care

Montana Sen. Jon Tester took to the Senate floor Tuesday to call on his colleagues to work in a transparent and bipartisan manner to bring down costs and improve access to health care, while protesting the┬ásmall group of Republicans who are “scheming a secret, controversial undoing of the nation’s health care system.”

“A handful of Washington politicians are crafting a secret health care bill that will impact every man, woman, and child in this country,” Tester said. “And we don’t know what’s in it. Montanans deserve better.”

Tester highlighted some of the stories he’s heard from Montanans across the state about what’s at risk.

Speaking to his Senate colleagues, Tester told the story of Julie Williams from Shepherd. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2011, and because of the current health care law she was able to receive coverage. The unpopular American Health Care Act, which narrowly passed the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year, threatens Williams’ ability to get affordable coverage.

Tester also spoke about Jennifer Williams from East Glacier. She and her husband use the preventative care services in the current health care system to stay healthy and catch ailments before they become life threatening. Now the couple’s premiums are rising and Tester called for bipartisan reform to address that problem.

“Instead of scoring political points and upending all the good things about the current health care system, Congress should be working together to lower premiums, copays, and deductibles, while increasing access to life saving medical care,” Tester said.

Tester has passed and introduced a number of legislative fixes to the current health care system. More information can be found HERE.

Tester is sharing Montana stories from the thousands of Montanans who have called his office, posted on social media, or attended one of his statewide health care listening sessions in order to let folks know what’s at risk for Montana.

Montanans can share their health care stories with the Senator HERE.

Tester’s full remarks can be found HERE.