Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Oops! He Did It Again!

A couple of weeks ago, Jeff pointed out Paul Ryan's hypocrisy regarding stimulus funding. Ryan has been railing about how the stimulus funds were so eeeeeeeeeevvvvvuuuuullll! Except, of course, when he wants some of the money for his earmark causes.

Damn those meddling kids!
Now we learn that the second verse is the same as the first. Just substitute Affordable Heathcare Act for stimulus funds.*

Yup, while Ryan has been preaching of the sins of Obamacare, he's been asking for some of that funding he just hates:
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 healthcare needs of thousands of new patients of all ages who are currently without healthcare.

You can see the actual letter at the link.

And when confronted with this new discovery of another example of Ryan's hypocrisy, the Romney campaign came to his defense with a bald faced lie:
Brendan Buck, a spokesperson for the Mitt Romney campaign, responded to this story by claiming that this "grant program was created by President Bush, not Obamacare. This... type of misinformation is what you get from gotcha reporting on liberal blogs." Ryan's letter directly requests money from the HRSA-11-017 New Access Points program announced in August of 2010. This New Access Points grant program that Ryan requested money from is funded fully by the Affordable Care Act, a fact made clear on multiple government websites
Now be honest, when you read Team Romney's response, your first thought was the old Scooby Doo cartoons with the bad guys shaking their fists and saying "I'd've gotten away with it too if it weren't for you meddling kids!", wasn't it?

Rob Zerban, who is challenging Ryan in his other race, the one for his congressional seat, had this to say about the new revelation:
"In his own words, Paul Ryan acknowledges that there are people of this district in desperate need of quality, preventative health care and treatment. Yet he continues to promote policies that would deny life-saving care - placing partisan politics over the needs of Wisconsin's middle class families. That's wrong. From his radical budget that ends traditional Medicare, to his support for tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and Big Oil, Paul Ryan has failed to provide the middle class with opportunity, health care, and a fair tax system."
Speaking of that race, has Ryan even bothered to make any appearances in his home district since getting the nod to be Romney's running mate? Will he be willing to debate Zerban or does he think that the people in his district are happy with the status quo of having no jobs and no health insurance?

Seems rather elitist, doesn't it?

* Someone remind me to write a comparison between Ryan and Scott Walker. I'm starting to wonder who is the bigger weasel.

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