Out-of-state 60 Plus Association also supports unpopular privatization
BILLINGS, Mont.— The controversial 60 Plus Association, an out-of-state organization that wants to privatize Social Security and Medicare, reportedly gave lobbyist-turned-Congressman Dennis Rehberg an award today for his record of trying to end Social Security and Medicare.
Less than a week ago Rehberg lied to Montanans and said he would “never vote to privatize Medicare.”
In 2009, Rehberg supported an amendment by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., that would have turned Medicare into a voucher system. The unpopular Medicare change failed to pass despite Rehberg’s vote.
Like Rehberg, The 60 Plus Association also supports privatizing Social Security.
Rehberg recently claimed that he would “never vote to privatize Social Security.” But Rehberg in 2011 voted against protecting the initiative from privatization. Rehberg also proposed a controversial plan to privatize Social Security during his first failed U.S. Senate campaign, saying “When I say I want to end Social Security as we know it, I do mean that.”
The 60 Plus Association is similar to Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS, a secretive group that Rehberg recently admitted receiving financial help from. Both groups are run by former political operatives and refuse to disclose where their funding comes from.
The 60 Plus Association has run several misleading ads on behalf of Rehberg. The independent website factcheck.org criticized the organization for making “statements that can’t be backed up, lack important context or are wrong.”
Rehberg is also infamous for making statements that cannot be backed up.
“Dennis Rehberg has to rely on out-of-state support from secret organizations because his wrong priorities have made it near impossible to find support here in Montana,” said Montanans for Tester spokeswoman Alexandra Fetissoff. “The truth is Dennis Rehberg’s supports privatizing Medicare and Social Security and he refuses to hold himself accountable for his irresponsible decisions that hurt Montana.”