HELENA - Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer is still moving forward with his plan to import cheaper medicine from Canada, despite promises made in the health care reform recently passed by fellow Democrats in Washington D.C.
Schweitzer says the health care reform does far less than critics allege and supporters claim. He says prescription drugs will still be too expensive.
The governor has asked federal permission to import cheaper drugs from Canada. He estimates the move could chop 40 percent off the $100 million the state spends each year on prescription drugs for Medicaid, the children's health insurance program, state employees, and inmates at the prison.
Schweitzer says health care reform does nothing to address those costs, so he will continue his fight for cheaper medicine.