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Rehberg Voted to End Medicare—and Then Lied About It

During Representative Rehberg’s last debate as a political candidate on Saturday night, he337229_10151032555159207_1600236945_o maintained that he had not voted to make Medicare a voucher system:

I have never voted to harm Medicare or Social Security.  I’ll do everything I can, and as a promise to the seniors that I will always vote to preserve and protect Social Security and Medicare….  One of the reasons I voted against the Ryan budget, because it had changes in Medicare that I didn’t believe was in the best interest of Montana seniors.  I promise to Montana’s seniors that I will always vote, I will never vote to privatize Social Security, I will never vote to privatize Medicare.

That’s flatly untrue. In 2009, Rehberg voted for another Ryan proposal which would have transformed Medicare into a voucher system for those under the age of 55.

He lied, and for good reason. Montanans certainly should not trust vital programs like Medicare and Social Security to a candidate who has repeatedly expressed his desire to privatize the programs. Such a choice might enrich Rehberg and his cronies, but it would be devastating for Montanans who have relied on these programs for decades.

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About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a 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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