Revealed: Letters From Republicans Seeking Obamacare Money

Itís the height of hypocrisy: They call for repeal of the law but plead for its dollars on behalf of constituents.

Lee Fang
June 5, 2013 | This article appeared in the June 24-July 1, 2013 edition of The Nation.


US Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga, center. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)


Even before President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, Republicans were vowing to repeal it. Itís 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 ďmonstrosityĒ 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.
(*BTW I think it's more like 43 times now.)

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 Congressís most extreme right-wing ideologues are hard-pressed to deny to their constituents.

Read the article and the letters here:
http://www.thenation.com/article/174...bamacare-money