Montana legislators were able to shut down Democratic Governor Steve Bullock’s attempts to expand ObamaCare in Big Sky Country for two years. But in 2015, with the help of Ohio Governor John Kasich and some legislative trickery, Bullock and his pro-ObamaCare allies got their way.
A small group of moderate Republicans joined with the Democrats to change the legislature’s procedural rules and yanked the bill to the floor for a vote. The bill passed narrowly, making Montana the only state in 2015 to legislatively authorize ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion. (Alaska Governor Bill Walker unilaterally expanded Medicaid in 2015, despite a clear statutory prohibition. He and the legislature are now battling it out in court.)
But before Montana’s expansion even began, it was already breaking promises to taxpayers and putting the truly needy at even greater risk.