Health Care

I support full repeal of Obamacare. This law imposes a heavy tax and regulatory burden on American families and small businesses. It has already caused millions of Americans to lose the health care plans they liked and doctors that they trusted. It has also led to higher health costs and higher premiums, and drastically increased federal spending by subsidizing health coverage for millions of Americans. I believe Obamacare’s government-centered approach represents the wrong solution for the health care challenges in our country.

While Obamacare is not the solution, I certainly recognize that our health care system has major problems. First and foremost, I believe doctors and patients, not insurance companies or the government, should be in charge of health care decisions. Next, I believe we must always protect those with preexisting conditions. I believe Congress should provide people with greater freedom in shopping for health insurance, make the costs of medical care more transparent, and reward innovation in the delivery of health services. I will also back commonsense medical liability reform, because doctors currently must practice high-cost “defensive medicine” to protect themselves against unwarranted lawsuits.

Daines Votes No on Biden’s HHS Nominee Xavier Becerra

U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted AGAINST President Biden’s Health and Human Services Secretary Nominee Xavier Becerra in the Senate Finance Committee.  “Xavier Becerra is as radical as it gets. I cannot support someone who is extremely pro-abortion, attacks religious freedom, supports open borders, and advocates taxpayer funded healthcare for illegal immigrants,” Daines said. As Secretary of Health and Human Services, Becerra would oversee a $1.3 trillion budget, the largest in the executive branch, and have the responsibility of administering the country’s health programs giving him broad authority to enact his pro-abortion agenda. When Daines previously asked Becerra to

Daines Named Ranking Member of Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care

U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today was named ranking member of the U.S. Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care.  “I look forward to representing Montana and serving as ranking member of the U.S. Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care,” Daines stated. “There is a lot of work to be done to address many issues impacting Montana including continuing to combat the challenges posed by the pandemic, lowering the costs of prescription drugs, addressing the meth crisis devastating Montana communities, ensuring responsible spending of taxpayer dollars, and addressing rural healthcare needs for Montana.” Daines will also serve on the below U.S. Senate Finance Subcommittees: International Trade, Customs, and Global

Daines Joins Bipartisan Effort to Support Enhanced Research, Development of Methamphetamine Treatment Option

U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined a group of bipartisan senators in sending a letter to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in support of efforts to research and develop effective medication treatment options for those struggling with addiction to methamphetamine and other stimulants. Overdose cases due to opioids, meth and polysubstance use are on the rise, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic. There are currently no FDA-approved medication options for those in treatment for methamphetamine use disorder. “The usage of medications, as evidenced by numerous studies, has been a powerful tool in the effort to combat opioid addiction. Supporting

Daines, Manchin Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Military Retirees from Losing their Healthcare

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senators Steve Daines (Mont.) and Joe Manchin (W. Va.) today introduced the bipartisan TRICARE Retiree Protection Act to ensure that America’s military retirees will not lose their healthcare as a result of new policy changes that took effect on January 1st, 2021. “Our bipartisan bill will help ensure we take care of our veterans and continue to provide quality healthcare for their service to this nation,” Daines said. “I’ll always support and protect our veterans who have served our nation and defended our freedom.” “Our servicemembers bravely fought for our nation and as they retire after

Daines’ Bipartisan Bill Promoting Affordable Health Insurance for Montanans Signed Into Law

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that his bipartisan bill promoting access to affordable health care for Montanans by increasing transparency and enhancing consumer protections in the health insurance industry has been signed into law by the President. “My bipartisan bill will now ensure greater transparency and oversight in the health insurance industry and help make health insurance more affordable for Montanans and Americans across the country. I’m glad the President has signed this commonsense bill into law,” Daines said.   A Bozeman Dentist praised Daines’ bill and work getting it signed into law. Watch the full video HERE.

Daines, Leahy, Gosar, DeFazio Bipartisan Bill Promoting Affordable Health Insurance Signed Into Law

U.S. CONGRESS — U.S. Senators Steve Daines (Mont.) and Patrick Leahy (Vt.) and Congressmen Paul Gosar (Ariz.) and Peter DeFazio (Ore.) announced that their bipartisan bill promoting access to affordable health care by increasing transparency and enhancing consumer protections in the health insurance industry has been signed into law by the President. The “Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act” will ensure that health insurance issuers are subject to the same federal antitrust laws prohibiting unfair trade practices, such as price fixing and collusion, as virtually every other industry in our economy.  “Our bipartisan bill will now ensure greater transparency and oversight in the health

Daines Statement on SCOTUS Decision to Stop Mail Delivery of Abortion Drugs

U.S. SENATE –U.S. Senator Steve Daines today as Chairman of the Senate Pro-Life Caucus released the below statement following the United States Supreme Court’s ruling to stop the delivery of abortion-related drugs through the mail: “This is an important win in our continued fight to protect the unborn and their mothers,” Daines said. “I’m glad that our country’s highest court in the land has reinstated critical safety measures to stop the supply of dangerous abortion drugs being sent through the mail without the recipient ever seeing a doctor in person.”

Daines, Leahy Bipartisan Bill Promoting Affordable Health Insurance Passes Senate, Heads to President’s Desk

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senators Steve Daines (Mont.) and Patrick Leahy (Vt.) announced that their bipartisan bill promoting access to affordable health care by increasing transparency and enhancing consumer protections in the health insurance passed the U.S. Senate and will be headed to the President’s desk to be signed into law. The “Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act” will ensure that health insurance issuers are subject to the same federal antitrust laws prohibiting unfair trade practices, such as price fixing and collusion, as virtually every other industry in our economy. “Our bipartisan bill will allow for greater transparency and oversight into the health insurance

Daines Statement on First COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery to Montana

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines released the following statement following the first delivery of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to Montana: “Today, the first COVID-19 vaccine was delivered to Montana and administered in the U.S. This day would not have been possible without American innovation, Operation Warp Speed, and the dedication from top scientists and the Trump administration,” Daines said. “I’m proud to have secured the initial $10 billion that helped make this modern medical miracle possible, and I will continue working to ensure all Montana communities get access.”  Montana is expected to receive an estimated first dose allocation of 9,750 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines. The second