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Representative Rehberg’s Unique Definition of Shared Sacrifice, Episode 2

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I am as surprised as you that Representative Rehberg is back in the “Shared Sacrifice” studio so quickly. Who does he think should lose their government services today? Medicare recipients!

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says if Congress passes defunding legislation, Medicare would not be able to issue payments to popular private insurance plans that cover about one-fourth of all the seniors in the program. The health care law scaled back payments to Medicare Advantage plans, as the private insurance option is known.

I’m not sure what says more about Representative Rehberg: that is willing to sacrifice health benefits for elderly Montanans or that he is so much more interested in political grandstanding than actually legislating that he would have presented such a thoughtless proposal.

In either case,  he certainly shouldn’t be our Senator.

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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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