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Sometimes there comes along an event that reveals the cold, calculated and immoral soul of human beings. One such moment came last Friday in the Montana House Committee for Human Services.

In blatant disregard for the Montanans who traveled as much as eight hours to testify and the 70,000 other Montanans that cannot afford health care in our state, the chairman of the Human Services Committee and his cronies chose to kill the Medicaid expansion bill.

This critical moment lays open for all Montanans to see the view of many members of the Montana Republican Party: they don’t care about anyone other than their corporate and ideological backers. And what have they accomplished aside for their open disdain for those in need? According to Mark Semmens, managing director of D.A. Davidson Co., ” the expansion would bring an estimated $5 billion of new revenue into Montana over the next (six) years and create 12,000 jobs.”

According to attendees, there was no expert opinion voiced in opposition in this committee hearing. No one testified on health care or budget matters related to the bill, only those who simply espoused the belief that government cannot help its citizens. By virtually every economic, moral and health care indicator, the expansion of Medicaid is a positive move for Montana.

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The actions of the Republican-led Human Services Committee was despicable. Any citizen or political party that ignores the plight of the poor, the neglected, the aged and considers the unemployed as leeches to society, has lost its soul. I hope their constituents take notice.

David R. James, 

Eureka

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