Rehberg Tries to Change History of Defunding Community Health Centers

Remember when Congressman Dennis Rehberg personally tried to cut $1 billion from the nation’s community health centers earlier this year?  You might remember the public outcry up in Kalispell, because had Dennis Rehberg gotten his way, he would have shut down the Flathead Community Health Center.   Here’s a reminder from the Flathead Beacon:

“The cuts in [Rehberg’s] continuing resolution will defund 127 new access programs,” Wendy Doely, executive director of the Flathead Community Health Center, said, “which essentially means that we would close.”

“The only one in Montana that will disappear if this goes through is us,” she added.

The Flathead Community Health Center saw nearly 6,000 patients last year.

Apparently, Rehberg is feeling the sting of his own unpopularity.  In a recent taxpayer-funded letter to Montanans (link), he actually tries to change history by saying: “Healthcare is among my top priorities in Congress” and “We must make healthcare accessible and affordable for every American.”


There’s more from Rehberg’s letter:


“The appropriations bill that I recently released authorizes and additional $70.2 million of funding for the Department of Health and Human Services.  I have also increased funding for the Health and Resources and Services Administration, thereby preserving funding for Community Health Centers.”


Oh really?  So why the change of heart?  And more importantly, how are we coming on that bill, Congressman?

Rehberg’s unpopular appropriations bill still hasn’t even passed out of his own subcommittee.  It probably never will.  He failed as its chairman.  And he failed to tell Montanans the truth yet again.


6 Comments on "Rehberg Tries to Change History of Defunding Community Health Centers"

  1. Denny, you can’t hide from your Toxic Tea Bag friends whenever convenient, their hypocrisy knows NO bounds, so which is it Denny? With whom do you TRULY stand with as the great labor song calls out, “Which Side are you on boys, which side are you on?”

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 4, 2011 7:17 AM at 7:17 AM |

      Dopey on health care:

      You get aids, you die.
      You get sick, you die.
      You get old, you die.
      So, where’s the problem?
      It’s your fault. Take some responsiblity!

      Dopey is a firm believer in eliminating unnecessary spending when the end result is the same anyway. Death. We MUST spend our tax dollar wisely providing death to those who can’t afford it in places like Iraq and Afghanistan!

      • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 4, 2011 7:20 AM at 7:20 AM |

        In the Dec. 26, 1994, issue of Newsweek, then Lt. Governor Rehberg was quoted as saying “The problem with AIDS is you get it, you die, so why are we spending [money on] any people that get it?” when discussing why he supported cutting the state’s hospital budget.[5]

        That Dopey. He’s a REAL humanitarian!

  2. Typical Denny Rehberg he wants his cake and eat it too, first he cozys up to the teabaggers and says he is cutting the budget, then he trys to sound like a moderate and says he wants to help, what is it?

  3. Like I said before the forces of Blue and red are changing, and this stated voted purple in the last election. I think it is turning sky blue myself. People are sick of Teabaggers, and gop in this state, and Denny been playing the same shennigans as Conrad played, which lost him his seat to Tester! Looks like Rehberg needs to go back to ranching or get a job with the Mongolian lobbyist group. cause he isn’t gonna win this fight, no matter what paid off Poll puts him on top!

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