Affordable Care Act http://mtpr.org en Montana Politics Week In Review http://mtpr.org/post/montana-politics-week-review <p></p><p><strong>NorthWestern Energy Dam Buyback</strong></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:16:02 +0000 Josh Burnham 22176 at http://mtpr.org Montana Politics Week In Review Dear SCOTUS: Women Are People, Too http://mtpr.org/post/dear-scotus-women-are-people-too <p>This week the Supreme Court ruled, again, that corporations are people – and essentially that women are not. In an impressive misuse of legal theory, a fundamental misunderstanding of science and anatomy, and a blatant disregard for the rights of women, the Supreme Court decided in <em>Burwell v. Hobby Lobby </em>that “closely held” for-profit corporations have religious rights and can use them to prevent employees from getting the health care they need.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:13:00 +0000 Ellie Hill 21817 at http://mtpr.org Contraceptives, Campaign Finance And Citizen Initiatives http://mtpr.org/post/contraceptives-campaign-finance-and-citizen-initiatives <p></p><p>Montana politicians and interest groups were divided along party lines over this week's U.S. Supreme Court decision concerning the Affordable Care Act's birth control coverage mandate. In the <a href="http://www.vox.com/cards/obamacare-and-contraceptives/what-is-obamacare">Hobby Lobby case</a>, the Supreme Court ruled that closely-held private corporations do not have to provide birth control as mandated by the Affordable Care Act, if the corporations have religious objections to birth control.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 19:24:27 +0000 Josh Burnham 21456 at http://mtpr.org Contraceptives, Campaign Finance And Citizen Initiatives Montana feedback to Hobby Lobby decision http://mtpr.org/post/montana-feedback-hobby-lobby-decision <p>A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled this week that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. That marks the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law.<br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The justices' 5-4 decision means the Obama administration must search for a different way of providing free contraception to women who are covered under the health insurance plans of objecting companies, such as Hobby Lobby.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:59:27 +0000 Edward O'Brien 21319 at http://mtpr.org Montana feedback to Hobby Lobby decision Healthy Montana Initiative won't appear on ballot http://mtpr.org/post/healthy-montana-initiative-wont-appear-ballot <p>Organizers of the <em>Healthy Montana Initiative</em> - an effort to expand Medicaid to 70-thousand Montanans - conceded defeat today, but vow to continue to support the issue.</p><p> <em>Healthy Montana Initiative</em> president, Kim Abbott, says I-170 will not qualify for the November ballot.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:36:33 +0000 Edward O'Brien 20744 at http://mtpr.org Healthy Montana Initiative won't appear on ballot He was appointed now he wants to be elected, to the U.S. Senate http://mtpr.org/post/he-was-appointed-now-he-wants-be-elected-us-senate <p>As the incumbent, John Walsh has an apparent advantage over his two opponents - John Bohlinger and Dirk Adams - in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 17:26:35 +0000 Sally Mauk 19385 at http://mtpr.org He was appointed now he wants to be elected, to the U.S. Senate Republican turned democrat says he’s the progressive in the Senate race http://mtpr.org/post/republican-turned-democrat-says-he-s-progressive-senate-race <p>Former Republican state legislator and lieutenant governor John Bohlinger wants to be Montana's next democratic U.S. Senator.</p><p>Bohlinger is an ex-Marine and former Billings businessman who served five terms in the legislature and two terms as the Republican lieutenant governor with democratic Governor Brian Schweitzer.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 17:25:12 +0000 Sally Mauk 18932 at http://mtpr.org Republican turned democrat says he’s the progressive in the Senate race Steve Daines wants to repeal Obamacare, cut Medicaid, and log more http://mtpr.org/post/steve-daines-wants-repeal-obamacare-cut-medicaid-and-log-more <p>With the biggest war chest, and the most name recognition, Congressman Steve Daines has a clear edge over his opponents Champ Edmunds and Susan Cundiff in the Republican U.S. Senate primary. The former Bozeman businessman is serving his first - and possibly - last term as Montana's lone representative in the U.S. House. Now he wants to win the Senate seat, long held by democrat Max Baucus, back for the Republican party.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;In this feature interview, Daines talks with News Director Sally Mauk about his campaign - and about some of the current issues facing Congress.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 16:39:54 +0000 Sally Mauk 18725 at http://mtpr.org Steve Daines wants to repeal Obamacare, cut Medicaid, and log more MT's Obamacare enrollment numbers continue to climb http://mtpr.org/post/mts-obamacare-enrollment-numbers-continue-climb <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The number of Montanans applying for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act continues to climb.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Residents signed up for about 4,000 plans on the state’s online </span>Obamacare<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> marketplace in the month of February.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That makes nearly 23,000 plans since the marketplace opened last fall.</span></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 23:47:55 +0000 Dan Boyce 16114 at http://mtpr.org Food and fire among the Ag secretary’s biggest concerns http://mtpr.org/post/food-and-fire-among-ag-secretary-s-biggest-concerns <p>As U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack is in charge of a lot more than the nation's food policy. His agency also oversees management of our national forests, and as a member of the Cabinet, he advises the president on everything from the farm bill - to the impacts of climate change.</p><p></p><p>In this feature interview, Vilsack talks with News Director Sally Mauk about those issues and more - starting with why he thinks the Affordable Care Act is a good deal for rural Americans.</p><p></p><p></p><p><br />&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 19:53:20 +0000 Sally Mauk 15460 at http://mtpr.org Food and fire among the Ag secretary’s biggest concerns