Orange County’s Board of Supervisors has blocked the county’s Health Care Agency from seeking more than $10 million in federal grants because some board members see the money as tainted by “ObamaCare.“There's a better than even chance that the whole Obamacare act could be struck down and agencies who took those funds could find themselves with big problems.
Last week, the Supes smacked down a grant application for $40,000 that the agency wanted to use to create a model workplace wellness policy.
In June, the board said “no” to the agency’s attempt to win $2 million a year (for five years) in federal money to promote healthy lifestyle choices such as tobacco-free living, active living and healthy eating.
In both cases, the grants would be funded via the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. health care reform, or, as it’s sometimes called, ObamaCare).
“I’m taking the posture that if it’s anything to do with, I’ll use the term ObamaCare, I’m going to be a ‘no’,” board Chairman John Moorlach said from the dais during last week’s board meeting, explaining that he was “trying to reflect the mood of my (board) majority.”
Moorlach was joined by supervisors Patricia Bates and Shawn Nelson in voting to put a retroactive kibosh on an application that the Health Care Agency had submitted (it will now be withdrawn) for an American Public Health Association grant called “The Power of Policy: Innovation to Improve Health.”
All five OC Supervisors are Republicans, but it's attitudes like this next one that will kill the party and the country:
Supervisors Bill Campbell and Janet Nguyen voted in favor of applying for the grant, with Nguyen saying, “I’m on the opposite camp.” ...If you oppose Obamacare show some principled leadership. Pragmatism doesn't stop bad law, it encourages it.
While Nguyen is personally opposed to ObamaCare, she takes a pragmatic approach when it comes to federal grant monies that could be obtained by the county.
“If we don’t take them, the money goes to Wyoming,” she said in an interview. “Either we get it or it goes somewhere else.”
Don't be a RINO.