The debate between Montana’s congressional candidates happened last night in Billings. There weren’t many surprises, except Republican Ryan Zinke said something that was highly suspect. He said that the Affordable Care Act is a “sinking ship.” I don’t think the Mr. Zinke has any idea what the ACA or a sinking ship is. Far from being a sinking ship, the ACA has, in fact, been very successful in just its first year.
Of course, Zinke didn’t bother to explain what exactly he thought was sinking, but he said it should be replaced with “low cost health clinics.” This is a prime example of the shallowness of Republican thinking. Who is going to pay for these low cost health clinics? How low is low cost? The whole idea of the ACA was to get more people health insurance which it clearly has. Why does Zinke want fewer insured? How does a low cost health clinic help someone with an acute problem such as a heart attack which requires hospitalization? The questions can go on and on and it appears that Zinke has given zero thought to the issue.
Of course, our present congressman voted 50 times to repeal the ACA. It appears that Zinke is willing to continue the waste of time in a never ending pursuit to keep people from having health care.