Gianforte's attack on a reporter was an attack on all Montanans.

A Congressman must listen to those with whom he disagrees. He must consider the positions of all Montanans, not just the ones who elected him. By attacking someone who dared to ask him a question, he has shown that he is not willing to do so.

Actions matter more than words. Gianforte may have promised to listen to all, but his physical attack draws serious questions about his plan to do so. If he wishes to show Montana he is truly willing to stand up for all, he should listen to the voices of hundreds of thousands of Montanans who are at risk of either losing their insurance or seeing their premiums rise under the American Health Care Act.

Montanans don't want a plan that will end our bipartisan Medicaid expansion and raise premiums to an affordable level -- causing the uninsured rate to skyrocket. Gianforte should be aware of the effect this ill-thought plan has on his constituents.

Failure to consider the true impact of the AHCA is an assault on Montanans. Gianforte must show us who he truly plans on being.

Jackie Semmens

Helena

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