Pat Powers likes Chris Christie. He drove to Sioux City (granted, on Dan Lederman's dime) to shake the New Jersey governor's hand last September (and you must really like a guy to drive to Sioux City for him). He exulted over Gov. Christie's speech to the GOP national convention, calling it "Reaganesque" and "Very inspirational and values oriented about the direction our country needs to take."
I await Mr. Powers's acknowledgement of Governor Christie's statement this week that the direction our country needs to take is to accept ObamaCare as the beneficial law of the land:
Although Christie emphasized he is "no fan of the Affordable Care Act," he said the move was "the smart thing to do for our fiscal and public health."
The decision by Christie — one of the better-known Republican governors to accept the program — is expected to save the state $227 million a year by enrolling 104,000 low-income people into the government health care program, beginning in January, he said.
"Accepting these federal resources will provide health insurance to tens of thousands of low-income New Jerseyans, help keep our hospitals financially healthy and actually save New Jersey taxpayers money," Christie said in his annual budget address in Trenton [Susan K. Livio, "Christie's Medicaid Decision Draws Praise Across N.J.," New Jersey Star-Ledger, 2013.02.27].