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Denny Rehberg’s Action Plan for Health Care: Inane PR Stunts

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It’s well-documented that American health care is a system in crisis. Rapidly escalating costs, personal bankruptcies, and families denied access to preventative care, all while Americans spend more than nation in the world on health care, represent a looming economic threat and an ongoing human tragedy for far too many of us.

Given this crisis, what kind of leadership has Montana’s sole representative in the Congress shown? The kind of leadership you’d expect from someone whose greatest legislative achievement is a resolution honoring the city of Billings: inane posturing and Facebook posts.

Today’s latest stunt is an EMERGENCY town hall meeting to discuss the House bill in Billings:

House Democrats unveil a new health care reform bill Thursday, prompting Montana Congressman Denny Rehberg to call an emergency Town Hall meeting for Saturday in Billings.

Rehberg’s office says Montanans have a right to know what’s in the new House bill and what’s missing.

I know what’s missing: a Republican alternative. Pressed for one today House Minority John Boehner demonstrated the Republican-Rehberg approach to health care reform, doing nothing.

It’s certainly telling that Representative Rehberg doesn’t consider the state of health care in the United States today an emergency, but is concerned that Democrats are moving forward with bills to address the problem.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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