UPDATED: Senate GOP forced back to the drawing board after ACA repeal attempt fails


UPDATE, July 18th, 11:32am: Three Republican Senators have come out against an all-out ACA repeal vote. This means that Senate leadership will be forced to reach a bipartisan agreement on the future of the ACA, or the ACA will remain as-is.

Please continue to call Senator Daines and Senator Tester, and tell them that Montanans won’t settle for anything that cuts or caps Medicaid, punishes folks with pre-existing conditions, cuts funding for CHIP, defunds Planned Parenthood, or makes coverage unaffordable for any Montanan.

The information below is still important; Senator Daines was very quick to support a total repeal of the ACA, leaving thousands of Montanans without any health care options whatsoever. It’s vital that we reach out to him and remind him of what our families and communities stand to lose when our health care future is used as a bargaining chip.

Senator Daines: 
Billings: (406) 245–6822
Bozeman: (406) 587–3446
Great Falls: (406) 453–0148
Kalispell: (406) 257–3765
Missoula: (406) 549–8198
Helena: (406) 443–3189
D.C.: (202) 224–2651

Senator Tester:
Billings: (406) 252–0550
Bozeman: (406) 586–4450
Great Falls: (406) 452–9585
Kalispell: (406) 257–3360
Missoula: (406) 728–3003
Helena: (406) 449–5401
Butte: (406) 723–3277
D.C.: (202) 224–2644


A little over twelve hours ago, Jerry Moran of Kansas and Mike Lee of Utah voiced their intent to vote against the Senate’s health care bill, essentially killings any hope of passage. Instead of immediately going back to the drawing board and fixing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with a bipartisan group of legislators, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided to push forward with a vote to repeal the ACA and delay any replacement for two years.

Repealing the ACA with no replacement would be just as devastating to the thousands of Montanans that rely on it for their health care coverage as passing the disastrous Senate plan. The 79,000 folks who gained coverage through expanded Medicaid would be left with nothing- resulting in a $5 billion loss in federal subsidies in Montana alone. Repeal would eliminate the ACA’s tax credits and cost sharing subsidies, cut taxes for households with incomes over $1 million by over $50,000 per year, and immediately repeal the ACA’s individual and employer mandates. Additionally, young adults will no longer be able to stay on their parents health insurance plans until the age of 26, insurers will again be able to claim pregnancy or surviving domestic violence as a pre-existing condition, and there will no longer be a guarantee that insurance plans cover contraceptive coverage and counseling for women.

The facts point in one direction: writing health care policy without public input is bad. Wiping out health care policy without finding a replacement that ensures continuous, affordable, coverage is deadly.

In the face of significant loss to Montana’s economy and well-being, Senator Daines has come out in support of repealing the ACA with no replacement in sight. And, that’s a terrifying stance to hold considering the thousands and thousands of Montana families whose health care access is on the line.

In light of the seriousness of this proposal and the Senator’s stance, we only have one action ask today; please call Senator Daines and invite him to stand with Montana families by not supporting a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Then, call him again tomorrow, and every day from now until Senator McConnell pushes the ACA repeal to a vote.

Billings: (406) 245–6822
Bozeman: (406) 587–3446
Great Falls: (406) 453–0148
Kalispell: (406) 257–3765
Missoula: (406) 549–8198
Helena: (406) 443–3189
D.C.: (202) 224–2651


Thank you for you continued commitment to Montana women and families. If you want to volunteer, write a letter to the editor, or have a question contact Micah at micah@montanawomenvote.org.

In solidarity,

Sarah, Micah, Kylie, and Jules