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Experts Dispute Biden’s Claims On The Cost Of Sanders’ Medicare For All plan

BY SHEFALI LUTHRA, Kaiser Health News During the Feb. 7 Democratic presidential debate, former Vice President Joe Biden once again questioned the price tag of “Medicare for All,” the single-payer health care proposal championed by one of his key rivals, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Biden argued that the plan was fiscally irresponsible and would require raising middle-class taxes. Specifically,…

Daines Backs Bill Capping Out-Of-Pocket Costs In Medicare Part D

BY MARTIN KIDSTON Sen. Steve Daines is supporting a bipartisan proposal brewing in the Senate Finance Committee that would cap annual out-of-pocket costs for seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D. The proposal, known as the Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act, has the support of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and the Trump administration. “I hear from seniors who…

Coronavirus Could Pinch Montana’s Economy; Travel And TourismVulnerable

BY MARTIN KIDSTON The spread of coronavirus and whether it’s contained to China could impact Montana’s economy, though predictions aren’t easy to make and continue to shift, local experts said this week. From the state’s manufacturing sector to travel and tourism, certain financial areas could be vulnerable to a prolonged outbreak. But that could depend on how long air travel…

Daines Credits 2017 Tax Cuts For Creating Jobs, Raising Wages

BY MARTIN KIDSTON Calling the nation’s economy “historically strong,” Sen. Steve Daines this week credited the 2017 tax cuts for creating jobs and elevating wages, and he rebooted his call to make tax cuts for small businesses permanent. Daines, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, used a Wednesday hearing with Treasury Secretary Robert Mnuchin to say both programs are…

Tester: Trump’s Growing Budget Deficit Could Put A Pinch On Infrastructure

BY MARTIN KIDSTON Sen. John Tester on Thursday named infrastructure as a priority as Congress sits down to craft the 2021 budget, though funding the growing list of projects could be challenging as the nation’s deficit soars. The Trump administration this week unveiled its new $4.7 trillion budget, one that fiscal watchdogs have called unsustainable and political dreaming. The president…

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