Montana GOP tries to block health clinic for state workers
Republican legislative leaders said Thursday they’re exploring how they might block or delay Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s proposed health clinic for state employees, calling it an ill-advised rush job.
“We feel that it’s been done in a reckless manner,” said House Speaker Mike Milburn, R-Cascade. “We feel we need to back up and take a look at it, and do the job properly.”
... Schweitzer, a Democrat, proposed in February to set up the clinic in Helena this year. A private contractor would create and manage the clinic, which would offer primary health care to the 11,000 state workers and their dependents in the Helena area, that are covered by the state health plan.
... “I’m proposing a model of health care that has been deployed by the largest corporations in America, and has the potential of contracting with private companies to deliver better health care for less money, and they don’t support it?” he said.