Last week Montana Inusrance and Exchange Commissioner Monica Lindeen announced higher rate requests for the three health insurance providers on the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace. Sen. Steve Daines responded to the rate request today.

"President Obama promised that Obamacare would drive down the cost of healthcare premiums, but instead, we are seeing astronomical proposed increases for Montana," Daines said. "Obamacare continues to take money out of the pockets of hardworking Montana families, with no relief in sight. Obamacare is failing Montanans and we must repeal it."

Lindeen said Friday that her office will be holding a hearing in Helena to answer any questions the public may have about the higher rates. The discussion will be held July 26 at the Hart Building. Those who can’t make it to the hearing can post comments here.