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Sen. Scott Sales got an embarrassing comeuppance from conservative Ohio Governor John Kasich at a meeting at the Capitol called by conservative Republicans. The story is told by a Great Falls Tribune reporter, who at first was refused entry to this meeting, but then entered when the Sergeant-at-arms rejected the attempts of two guys who tried to keep him out. Meetings are public!

Sales told Gov. Kasich that he was being hypocritical because he expanded Medicaid in Ohio. Sales then could not answer the Kasich's questions about Medicaid expansion in Montana. Gov. Kasich told the Republicans that turning down your money (our tax dollars) on an ideological basis, when people can lose their lives because they get no help made no sense to him.

The governor highlighted the problem of the mentally ill because one of the best ways to help address the problem Montanans face with untreated mental illness is Medicaid expansion. Kasich also said Ronald Reagan expanded Medicaid and he is the patron saint of all the conservatives that he knows. Kasich told the group that their position on refusing Medicaid expansion is based on strict ideology and not on the practicalities of what happens on the street.

Scott Sales, Art Wittich and their fellow hard right conservatives operate on their ideology, hardly on behalf of Montanans. It's our tax money they are rejecting and sending it to other states. Call them up! We need Medicaid expansion.

Pat Bradley

Twin Bridges

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