19 of the 22 states suing government over ObamaCare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) accept grant money from health care law.
Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that 45 states and the District of Columbia “will receive $1 million in grant funds to help improve the review of proposed health insurance premium increases, take action against insurers seeking unreasonable rate hikes, and ensure consumers receive value for their premium dollars.” The $46 million are part of the $250 million in rate review grant dollars authorized by the new health care law. Indeed, interest is so high that states that oppose the health law applied for grants. As the Wonk Room points out, 19 of the 22 states that are suing the federal government over the constitutionality of the health care law will receive $1 million each to improve their rate review capabilities
Courage of their convictions anyone? Money of any kind from any source is to conservatives what heroin is to an addict. Just this pass February Democrats tallied up the number of Republicans who either voted against the stimulus(Recovery Act) and/or bragged to their constituents about the funds they can snapped up for their state – How Will Republican Recovery Act Hypocrites Mark Tomorrow’s Anniversary?
The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Times have both pointed out in the last week that the very same Republicans who indignantly raised their fist in opposition to the Recovery Act have, with the other hand, brazenly accepted funding for projects in their home states and districts. Many have even gone so far as to attend ribbon cutting ceremonies for the same Recovery Act projects that they routinely dismissed as wasteful. We’ve identified 120 of them – and counting. These people have in one breath decried the Recovery Act as ineffective and in the next breath championed the funding as essential to job creation. Incredible.
The truth is the Recovery Act is doing exactly what it was intended to do. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that the Recovery Act has – in this first year alone – resulted in up to 2.4 million jobs and prevented us from falling into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression..
I swear, I want to stop writing about the nearly-identical political trajectories (at least so far) of the Reagan and Obama presidencies. But too many pundits just can’t seem to get it through their heads that Reagan, as president, was not some magical political super-being who was immune to sagging public confidence, poor midterm election prospects, and intraparty dissent and second-guessing that Obama is now faced with. And this week brought us two more egregious offenders.
[ ]…Let’s leave aside Ajami’s ridiculous contentions about the Reagan crew’s respect for the public treasury (ahem); others have provided the context he ignores. The main problem with Ajami’s narrative is that there’s just no evidence that the unbreakable bond between the president and his people that he celebrates ever really existed — or that Reagan’s poll numbers at any point in his presidency were really that remarkable.
Where, for instance, was the “deep and true” bond in the 1982 midterms, when double-digit unemployment prompted voters to toss 26 of Reagan’s Republican allies out of Congress and to hand seven new governorships to Democrats and 11 state legislative chambers to the Democrats? Or where was it in 1986, when a pre-Iran-Contra Reagan pleaded with Americans — the Americans with whom he supposedly shared a mutually affectionate relationship — to preserve his party’s control of the Senate, only to watch as voters handed Democrats an eight-seat gain and their first Senate majority since 1980.
Steve Kornacki also notes the S&L meltdown in which Reagan did something far closer to actual socialism than anything Obama has done – Reagan seized the S&L and forced them to reorganize. This week a lot of the right-wing conservative blogs were having yet another inappropriate keyboard spasm over finding an old Reagan video on YouTube in which he asked Americans if they were better off four years ago. Only 24% of the country actually said they were better off under Saint Ronnie’s policies. I’m not sure I agree with the tidy analogies Steve makes, but one historical trend is certain. Every Republican presidency from Nixon through Bush 43 was more corrupt than the last. Reagan had the Wedtech scandal, the HUD scandal, Iran-Contra and enough other shenanigans to get 138 Reagan administration officials indicted. Bush 43 was more corrupt but was better at hiding the evidence by either refusing to honor Congressional subpoenas or claiming national security as a cover.