I don’t know what happened here. Maybe Republican Governors Association Vice Chair Chris Christie is too busy dealing with his George Washington Bridgegate problem to be doing his job.
This morning, the RGA released another attack video on Mark Schauer for supporting a bill that required criminal background checks for nursing home employees, paid for by a small fee on nursing homes of $2.77 per bed daily. The program is known as the nursing home Quality Assurance Assessment Program.
Here’s the ad:
Here’s the thing: the original bill was passed with bipartisan support in 2002 and signed into law by Repubilican governor John Engler. It was supposed to sunset in 2011 but a bill extending it until 2015 was passed by the legislature, again with bipartisan support, and signed into law by none other than Republican Governor Rick Snyder.
H.B. 4734, sponsored by state Rep. Matt Lori, amends the public health code to delay the sunset date on the nursing home Quality Assurance Assessment Program from Oct. 1, 2011 to Oct. 1, 2015. Delaying the sunset was included as part of the governor’s Fiscal Year 2012-13 budget proposal. By continuing the assessment, the state receives more in federal matching Medicaid funds than what is paid out by nursing homes. These funds are then directed to nursing homes in Michigan that provide Medicaid services. The bill is now P.A. 144.
Hell, the bill was even introduced by a Republican!!! LOLZ.
So, they are attacking Mark Schauer over a law he supported 12 years ago and was extended just three years ago by a REPUBLICAN governor via a bill introduced by a Republican legislator.
The mind it boggles, the hypocrisy it reeks.
Oh, and can I just say that their “the shower is over” tagline is one of the worst political marketing moves ever made? When you’re running against a candidate who is working hard to expand his name recognition, mentioning his name in the tagline of EVERY SINGLE AD is unbelievably stupid. Then again, these are Republicans we’re talking about.