When we talk about Medicaid expansion, often we focus on the numbers. 70,000 Montanans who would be able to access affordable health care. $5.4 billion in federal funds to boost our economy. 12,000 jobs created. $1.84 million dollars lost every day we wait.
But those numbers don't tell the whole story.
They don't tell the story of what it is like for the tens of thousands of hardworking Montanans who are unable to afford health insurance.
"I've done what everyone does in Montana. I've made a living; no matter what. I've been a logger; I've cut meat. I've owned my own semi, I own my own slaughterhouse. I always do whatever it takes to make a living. I haven't had health insurance for five years now."
This is Michele's story. The story of one of our neighbors. The story of someone who needs Montana to expand Medicaid. Listen to her story here. And be sure to share it with your friends and family who are interested in knowing the whole story on Medicaid expansion.
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