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How easy it is for millionaire Rehberg to criticize health care reform. After all, he has unlimited access to health care while we, the taxpayers, pick up his tab. How many of us here in Montana can say the same? Our premiums have doubled and out-of-pocket expenses have skyrocketed.

In Rep. Denny Rehberg’s guest column (March 18) he railed against the Democrats for their efforts to help working-class Americans with health care relief and whined about no Republican involvement. As I recall, Sen. Max Baucus had a committee equally represented by both parties. President Barack Obama made request after request for input and was met with Rep. John Boehner and company and their hostility. Rehberg, where were you if you felt that the Dems were wrong? Where was your outrage?

Rehberg’s concern about “procedural tricks” is disingenuous, as Republicans passed over 100 budget-busting bills in this manner. And Rehberg was a part of those votes but wasn’t complaining then.

Rehberg, there is outrage. That you have been in office for nine years, gathering nearly $7 million dollars, making no attempt to curtail insurance abuse taking place in Montana every day. Instead you choose to be a party pawn. You voted against equal pay for women, gay rights, the stimulus that has put countless Montana residents to work, and now health care reform.

Isn’t the real problem with this passage your party’s ego? Doesn’t the real problem land squarely on your shoulders? This bill could have been so much more if you hadn’t taken the party pledge to stop it at all costs, even to the harm of your electorate. But don’t worry, Rehberg, there will be outrage about the next Fox News-created crisis. You will, once again, be given the opportunity to be a leader. And, once again, you will do nothing.

Cheryl Bramsen, Florence

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