By Jeff Simpson
We all know that Paul Ryan hates Obamacare, he has voted to overturn it some 345362 times so far this year. Hey for $174,000/yr + Cadillac benefits you have to do something with your day. Paul Ryan, along with his mentor John Boehner sent a letter to the President asking for updated costs!
House Speaker John Boehner, meanwhile, called on the administration Tuesday to grant individuals a reprieve from the healthcare law's coverage requirement — just like the White House did last week for larger employers.
In a letter to the president Tuesday, the Ohio Republican and 10 other GOP leaders said "we also believe American families need the same relief."
The Republicans gave the president until July 16 to come up with answers as to why he chose not to delay the mandate for individuals, who will face a fine if they do not have health insurance by Jan. 1.
The letter frames a new Republican argument against the law, one that could gain traction in next year's congressional elections.
Letter can be read here:
In a 2010 letter [pdf] signed by Paul Ryan and obtained The Nation through a Freedom of Information Act request, the GOP's VP nominee — a major opponent of President Obama's healthcare reform — asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to use Affordable Care Act dollars to fund a new health center in his district."The proposed new facility," Ryan wrote in his recommendation letter, "will serve both the preventative and comprehensive primary healthcare needs of thousands of new patients of all ages who are currently without healthcare."New Access Points, the grant requested by Ryan to pay for the Kenosha Community Health Center's new facility, is paid out using money set aside by Obamacare.Hard to believe this is the same Wisconsin lawmaker who has vowed to repeal every last provision of Obamacare because "[our rights] come from nature and God," not "the government."Then again, this is the same Ryan who privately sought stimulus funds while condemning the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in public.
Publicly criticizing government programs while quietly milking them for every penny. How very Ayn Randian of him!