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This is what happens when outside groups, desperate for simple slogans to use in their attack ads, go off half-cocked:

In the spot above, the Republican Governors Association slams Democrat Mark Schauer, who is running for governor in Michigan, for allegedly supporting "a new fee on nursing home beds" when he served in the legislature. I mean, look at that crazy libruhl—taxing the elderly and infirm just so they can have a place to lay their heads at night! Can you imagine the kind of person who would support such a thing?

Here's one: Republican Gov. Rick Snyder—the very man Schauer is running against. Of course, the law is nothing like the RGA's caricature. Rather, according to a press release Snyder issued when he extended the program in 2011, "the state receives more in federal matching Medicaid funds than what is paid out by nursing homes." Those matching funds are then returned to the nursing homes, who wind up as net beneficiaries.

Indeed, the original legislation passed with broad bipartisan support, and it was signed into law by another Republican governor, John Engler. So a group devoted to electing Republican governors is attacking a program supported by Republican governors—and one that brings in more money for the state, no less. Makes perfect sense to me.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 11:52 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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Comment Preferences

  •  The double standard is an underlying (10+ / 0-)

    principle of the GOP. That's why they're so bad with women. One rule for me, another for thee. It's SOP.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 12:18:26 PM PDT

  •  I've been saying (5+ / 0-)

    I've been saying since the end of the Obamacare freakout that we'll know the GOP is desperate, when they try to turn Democratic strengths into weaknesses (Medicare, Medicaid, etc...).  Looks like we've reached that point. lol

    The Schauer is far from over.  It's just starting to rain...

  •  You mean (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Lencialoo, whl, Aquarius40, Hohenzollern

    just like how they practically begged Democrats to cut Medicare, knowing full well that they would run ads against Democrats for cutting Medicare if Democrats fell for it?

    29, white male, TX-07 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

    by TDDVandy on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 01:57:08 PM PDT

  •  There are death panels after all (6+ / 0-)

    The Republican Governors Association and the House GOP majority.

    There's no such thing as a free market!

    by Albanius on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 01:57:38 PM PDT

  •  Today's GOP would freak out Lewis Carroll. (1+ / 0-)
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    basket

    His characters are sane by comparison.

  •  This is what happens when outside groups...etc... (0+ / 0-)

    "This is what happens when outside groups, desperate for simple slogans to use in their attack ads, go off half-cocked:".....what would you expect from the "John Wayne Bobbitt" types of politicians.

    By the authority vested in me by Kaiser Wilhelm II, I pronounce you man and wife. Proceed with the execution.

    by HarryParatestis on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 02:26:10 PM PDT

  •  As a Michiganian (2+ / 0-)
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    ShoshannaD, sajiocity

    I sincerely hope that Mark Schauer runs an vigorous response to this bloated and disingenuous claim and calls it out as the lie it is. Something like "yes, I did, and guess who joined me in this bipartisan vote? And guess who signed it?" Schauer is a decent man, was a good representative in Congress, and lost his seat by a hair in the GOTP wave in 2010. This is outrageous. Rick Snyder should be ashamed of himself for not villifying this attack.

    BTW, John Engler was a true bastard.

  •  I already had my death panel. (2+ / 0-)
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    sajiocity, sja

    I went to my medical practice and had a physical and consultation session with the MD at the insistence of my Medicare advantage plan.
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    I have VA medical care, but they recommend maintaining a civilian connection just in case another Bu$h or generic Republican becomes President and kicks 500,000 of us off VA eligibility. Can't be certain that Sen. Murray would be able to fix it.

    January 2003 Bush Administrationcuts off veterans’ health care for 164,000. In January, the Administration cut off VA health care for 164,000 veterans without service-connected disabilities, who make as little as $25,000 a year. Through 2005 this has denied health care to more than 522,000 veterans. [68 Fed. Reg. 2670, 2671, January 17, 2003]
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    This MD writes letters to the editor and stumps for local rightwingnutjobz, so I knew he was a blazing political looney toon and Obama hater--especially the ACA. So . . . .

    After the exam, I asked about filling out a "Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment," mainly because my wife and I are paid up for the helicopter ride from our ex-urban McMansion. He pulled out the lime green form and began . . . etc. I interrupted and asked where the Death Panel was. He explained it was just him. I persisted--where's the hospital social worker/god squad member, where's the Social Security representative, where's the Medicare financial person. . . ?

    He got mad. I taunted him and said my reading of his letters to the editor indicated there would be a death panel and rationing of medical care and outrageous cost increases. I said, "Sarah Palin promised me a death panel." He left. Shortly, the AARNP came in, sat down, and finished my lime green "death panel certificate." Bet I'm a lot safer at the VA Medical Center than my civilian medical practice. Har-de-har-har.

    We're all just working for Pharaoh.

    by whl on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 03:02:01 PM PDT

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