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Posted on May. 26, 11 | 02:28 PM by Barney Keller | Topic: Crazy Liberals
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We released the following press release today...

 Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: “Tommy Thompson has a lot of explaining to do”
Washington, DC - Club for Growth PAC today criticized former Wisconsin Governor and HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson for helping the Obama Administration with the implementation of ObamaCare.
Yesterday, Governor Thompson called the Club for Growth “liars” and claimed that he had made 150 speeches against ObamaCare. (Politico, 5/25/11,
“First we learned that Tommy Thompson championed ObamaCare, opposes repeal, and supported an individual mandate. Now we find out that as late as June of 2010, Tommy Thompson was working with the Obama Administration on the implementation of ObamaCare,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Tommy Thompson has a lot of explaining to do to the people of Wisconsin if he wants to represent them in the U.S. Senate, but we think a picture is worth a thousand words.”
The following is from the official White House Blog, June 30th, 2010:

 (L-R: Dr. Mark McClellan, former CMS Administrator and former FDA Commissioner, Nancy Ann DeParle, Director of the White House Office of Health Reform, Secretary Tommy Thompson, and Senator Tom Daschle.) 
“I was pleased to join my colleague Nancy-Ann DeParle, who is overseeing health care implementation on behalf of the President, in hosting former Senate majority Leader Tom Daschle,  former HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson, and Dr. Mark McClellan, former CMS Administrator and former FDA Commissioner,  at the Department today.  They offered some great ideas about implementation and outreach, suggestions about strategies to make sure that the Affordable Care Act is successful, and I will continue to draw on their experience in the months ahead.” – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, White House Blog, 6/30/10,
Background on Tommy Thompson: ObamaCare supporter
After ObamaCare was passed by the Senate Finance committee, Tommy Thompson co-signed a statement with former Democratic house Majority Leader Richard Gephardt praising the bill. (New York Times, 10/5/09)
Thompson on ObamaCare: “The bill that the Senate Finance Committee will vote out for consideration by the full Senate this week is another important step toward achieving the goal of health care reform this year. It moves us down the path of providing affordable high-quality health care for all and expanding coverage for millions.” (New York Times, 10/5/09)
Obama Administration used support from Thompson as part of PR battle to pass ObamaCare: Administration officials say the White House is making a concerted effort to court high-visibility Republican support of the health care legislation away from Capitol Hill, in what appears to be a strategy similar to one used during debate of the economic stimulus plan earlier this year. (New York Times, 10/5/09)
President Obama noted support from Tommy Thompson in his weekly address (Source: White House YouTube Channel, 10/9/09,
Thompson opposes repealing ObamaCare, and supports the individual mandate in ObamaCare: Last year on CNBC, Thompson urged Republicans to drop a move to repeal the bill “because President Obama is not going to sign it.” Two years earlier, he came out in support of an individual mandate — the heart of the Obama plan that conservatives are trying to strike down in court. (Politico, 5/18/11)
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