Letter Reveals Paul Ryan Sought Obamacare Dollars to Fund Clinic for Patients Without Healthcare

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.

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