Eric Whitney

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Eric Whitney is the news director for Montana Public Radio.


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The percentages of Americans and Montanans without health insurance 2009-2016
Montana Healthcare Foundation

A report being released today says Montana’s uninsured rate is staying steady at about half of what it was before Medicaid expansion started in 2016. It says just under eight percent of Montanans now lack health insurance.

And, one of the studies outlines what it says are clear benefits to the state as voters and state lawmakers are considering whether to end Medicaid expansion.

US Capitol, May, 2018
Eric Whitney

Senator Jon Tester today slammed a decision by the U.S. Justice Department to not defend the provision of the Affordable Care Act that guarantees health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

The Democrat called it a, “reckless decision,” and said President Trump’s administration "should be working to lower the price of insurance instead of playing political games."

From left to right, Democratic Candidates John Heenan, John Meyer, Jared Pettinato, Grant Kier, Kathleen Williams
Corin Cates-Carney

The winner of the this campaign year’s political tug-of-war inside the Montana Democratic party will be revealed this week when primary voters decide who will represent them against incumbent Congressman Greg Gianforte

Montana Democrats bucked their national counterparts in 2016 when the state picked Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton for the party’s presidential nominee.

In a recent video ad, one of the frontrunners in the Democratic primary, Billings Attorney John Heenan marches along the path blazed by Sanders’, offering a populist message against corporate corruption.

Democrats ask for an investigation on the one year anniversary of Congressman Gianforte’s assault of a reporter; we look at the latest campaign fundraising numbers; and a candidate’s past litigation may hurt his changes in the general election. Those stories and more right now on "Campaign Beat."

Sen. Jon Tester at a Senate Banking Committee hearing, May 15, 2018.
Eric Whitney

President Donald Trump signed a banking bill into law Thursday that Montana Senator Jon Tester played key roles in crafting and passing.

The bill rolls back some provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, that was passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis in an effort to prevent something like that from happening again.