The idea of compromise sounds good, until you realize that the thing you compromised were your core values.
james white Excellence in Voting Radio October 1, 2019
In the most recent Montana legislative session, which ended in April of this year, the push for Medicaid expansion was one of the most contested and controversial battles to surface throughout.
A core of Republican legislators, called the “38 Special,” whose goals were to adhere to the Republican platform, locked horns with not only the Democrats, but a group of Republican legislators who routinely sought compromise with Democrats and called themselves the “Solutions Caucus.”
The Solution Caucus was led by long-time political operative, and legendary backroom deal-maker, Llew Jones of Conrad, Montana.
Jones didn’t act alone, however, in the crafting and promotion of Medicaid expansion. He was assisted by long-time ally and backroom deal-maker protege, Ed Buttrey of Great Falls, Montana.
HB 658, also known as “Buttrey Care,” was the culmination of hours of behind-the-scenes deal-making from the so-called “Solutions Caucus” and those in the medical industry who pushed hard for the bill. Despite the efforts of “38 Special,” Democrat Governor, Steve Bullock signed Medicaid expansion into law on May 9. 2019.
I have included a link HERE if you wish to visit the Montana Legislative website and survey the entire legislative process involved in the passage of Medicaid expansion.
Montana Legislator, Derek Skees is a member of the aforementioned, “38 Special” group who battled against Buttrey Care throughout the legislative session. Representative Skees contacted me recently with some disturbing information that has not, to my knowledge, been widely reported in the Montana press.
Derek informed me that Buttrey Care now pays for abortions and transgender sex-change operations.
Did you hear that Republican voters? Those “Republican” representatives you voted for to go to Helena and represent your core values, including Right to Life, sold you out in backroom deals with Llew Jones and his “Solutions Caucus.”
Essentially, if you voted for any of the so-called Republican legislators in 2018 who are listed below, you have the blood of aborted babies on your hands. I bet that wasn’t a “solution” you bargained for.
Fred Anderson – Ross Fitzgerald – Nancy Balance – Joel Krautter
Walt Sales – David Bedey – Denley Loge – Ray Shaw – Frank Garner
Sharon Greef – Bruce Grubbs – Wendy McKamey – Edward Buttrey
Frederic (Eric) Moore – Geraldine Custer – Kenneth Holmlund
Mike Hopkins – Tom Welch – Llew Jones
Montana Representative, Derek Skees joined me recently to explain the finer details of the recently signed HB 658 and to illustrate the dangers of having “deal-makers” within the Montana Legislature.