Health reform for a warm gun

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Some senators think that one pre-existing condition is being overlooked in the push to reform health care in America: packing heat.

An amendment offered by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, would explicitly ban healthinsurance companies from denying or charging more for coverage because somebody legally owns a gun or ammunition.

Further, Grassley’s amendment would bar the government from using the health care bill to collect information about gun ownership. 

The amendment has at least 10 co-sponsors, including Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.

“In Montana, how many guns you own and where you keep them is nobody’s business — least of all the government’s or some healthinsurance company,” Tester said in announcing his support of the amendment.