"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." So wrote Billy Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet.
And maybe the same is true for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka, Obamacare. We know that the Republicans hate it, despise it, and many seem willing to shut the country down over it. But under another name, maybe it would have a sweeter aroma.
The true extent of this hypocrisy is very well documented by TPM in an article entitled, 'Republican Governors: Shhh, Don’t Call Our Obamacare Money Obamacare.'
A variety of Republican governors have sought federal funds under Obamacare, many of them to expand Medicaid eligibility for more residents, a centerpiece of the law that the Supreme Court made optional for states last year.
But shhh! Don’t call it Obamacare, they say, for they despise that law.
What is amazing is that these governors know what's best for their people, and they reluctantly take it, but don't dare call it what it is. And certainly don't give credit to the architect for providing a sound program that will help millions.
In the latest example, vociferous Obamacare critic and Texas Gov. Rick Perry is seeking roughly $100 million in federal funds under a program set up under Obamacare, called Community First Choice, to help states provide home-based health care to chronically ill Medicaid patients, as Politico reported this week.
And Perry's not alone in accepting the funds and at the same time, denying the money is part of Obamacare. It's Community First Choice. These charlatans ignore the existence of this program is rooted in Obamacare. Some of the other hypocrites include Jan Brewer of Arizona, Rick Scott of Florida, John Kasich of Ohio, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Susana Martinez of New Mexico. All outspoken opponents, but standing first in line to grab some much needed cash.
These fakes have joined the honest ranks of Republicans who at least have represented to their people that this money is Obamacare, whether you call it Community First Choice or not. Those brave governors are: Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) and North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R). They are willing to suck it up and call a spade a spade.
If you want to know where your state sits on this issue, a full listing is available here: Kaiser Family Foundation.