Greg Gianforte’s violent assault on Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs speaks for itself, but the bigger story is why Gianforte became so aggressive when asked to comment on the CBO scoring on the Republican healthcare plan.
Gianforte was already in hot water because he’d told Montana voters that he didn't support the health care plan passed by the Republican House, while, at the same time, telling a group of Washington, DC financial supporters on a conference call that he was very happy that the bill had passed.
Gianforte’s way of addressing those two conflicting statements was to say that he couldn't decide whether he would support the health care bill until the Congressional Budget Office scoring was released. So, the Guardian reporter’s question about the CBO score obviously hit a nerve, and shows how hard Gianforte must have been trying to avoid answering any question about whether he would now support a Republican healthcare bill that the Center for American Progress estimates will likely throw over 60,000 Monanans off insurance entirely---while massively increasing premiums for the sick and elderly...and while also giving Gianforte an estimated ~$800,000 ACHA Personal Tax Break
So that’s the story to talk about today: Given how terrible the CBO scoring shows that the Republican healthcare bill will be for Montanans why won't Gianforte now come out and say that he opposes the Republican healthcare bill?
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