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GOP Congressman Explains Why He Wants to Defund a Health Program He Supports

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Lee Fang catches up with Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS).

Kansas Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo has a problem. The program he'd like to use to help solve the healthcare crisis in America is ... part of Obamacare already.

Though his party has made opposition to the healthcare law its defining issue, the Affordable Care Act is full of Republicans' ideas, from the individual mandate to state-based exchanges to the unnecessary exclusion of congressional staff from the ordinary federal insurance marketplace.

The law also includes billions to expand and operate federal health centers, a program that has traditionally enjoyed years of Republican support. President George W. Bush called loudly for boosting such centers. Though Bush doubled spending "from $1.34 billion for FY 2002 to $2.1 billion in FY 2008," Obamacare invests another $11 billion. Federal health centers typically provide comprehensive services -- from primary to specialty care, including dental and mental health -- regardless of their patients' ability to pay.

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LEE FANG  Lee Fang is a  reporting fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. He covers money in politics, conservative movements and lobbying. Lee's work has resulted in multiple calls for hearings in Congress and the (more...)
 
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