A pal and terrific investigative journalist Lee Fang has new story out in the Nation today about Republican double speak on President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Through a Freedom of Information Act request, he reports on over twenty GOP lawmakers requesting health reform money for their constituents, arguing that the money will save lives, improve health, and promote wellness — the very opposite of the arguments these lawmakers make when calling for repeal.
The story mentions NRSC chair Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) breaking ground at an opening ceremony for an Obamacare-funded health clinic, and Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA) cutting the ribbon at a health reform-funded health center in his district:
Even before President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, Republicans were vowing to repeal it. It’s no wonder, because polls showed that the basic elements of the ACA were quite popular, and there was a real danger that it would become more so as people found out that the plan denounced as a “monstrosity” by the National Republican Senatorial Committee would not trample on their liberties so much as help protect their health. Desperate to avoid this, the GOP-controlled House has voted no fewer than thirty-seven times to repeal Obamacare in the three years since it was enacted.
Now letters produced by a Freedom of Information Act request reveal that many of these same anti-Obamacare Republicans have solicited grants from the very program they claim to despise. This is evidence not merely of shameless hypocrisy but of the fact that the ACA bestows tangible benefits that even Congress’s most extreme right-wing ideologues are hard-pressed to deny to their constituents.
Please proceed, Republicans.
Much more at the link.