Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Breaking: Paul Ryan Requested Obamacare Funds For District

Lee Fang at The Nation has what appears to be a scoop:
Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan is barnstorming the country, promising to repeal every provision of the Affordable Care Act if the Romney-Ryan ticket is elected. But a letter he wrote to the Obama administration may undermine this message.

On December 10, 2010, Ryan penned a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services to recommend a grant application for the Kenosha Community Health Center, Inc to develop a new facility in Racine, Wisconsin, an area within Ryan's district. "The proposed new facility, the Belle City Neighborhood Health Center, will serve both the preventative and comprehensive primary health care needs of thousands of new patients of all ages who are currently without health care," Ryan wrote....

The grant Ryan requested was funded directly by the Affordable Care Act, better known simply as health care reform or Obamacare.
Click through for a PDF of the letter.

As Fang notes, Paul Ryan clearly has not been alone in "shaking his fist at health reform with one hand while extending an open palm behind closed doors." But still, this is yet another blow to the reputation of a politician whose honesty on even trivial issues is increasingly becoming a national joke on the internets and beyond -- and who just last week proclaimed to a rapturous crowd at the Republican Convention that the Affordable Care Act had "no place in a free country."

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