Although 99 percent of Montanans will experience no increases in their Medicare tax, Congressman Denny Rehberg has lashed out at the increased tax that would only affect those earning more than $200,000 annually ($250,000 for married couples) who currently pay no tax on unearned income. Rehberg, one of the wealthiest members of Congress, erroneously predicted that middle class families were at risk if they sell their homes or rent out property. Most Montanans will see no tax increase in the new health insurance reform law. Unwilling to support a measure that will enable the uninsured and underinsured to obtain insurance protection, Rehberg and his wealthy friends would see a modest increase in the Medicare tax they would pay.
Obviously, multi-millionaire Rehberg is positioning himself for a run at Jon Tester’s Senate seat or possibly that of the governor—and he is doing favors now for those who will lend him their support in 2012. In the meantime, Rehberg has voted against reform of the health care system, opposed measures to protect the environment, rejected the conservation-minded energy bill, voted against Supreme Court nominee Sonja Sotomayor and vigorously opposed the economic stimulus package.
Who says Rehberg has acted on behalf of Montana and its people? After 10 years in Congress, Rehberg has scammed Montanans long enough. It’s time to send Denny back to the ranch where he can do some useful work.