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Exclusive: Republican White House Hopefuls Attack Obamacare but Take Money

In this Feb. 28, 2015 file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks in Palm Beach, Fla.  Republicans lawmakers in statehouses nationwide are working to weaken organized labor, sometimes with efforts that directly shrink union membership. Walker's signing of right-to-work legislation in Wisconsin on Monday puts his defiance of organized labor even more at the center of his nascent presidential campaign. And the inability of unions to exact a price for the first round of legislation targeting them in 2011 is encouraging even more proposals to limit their power. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper, File)
In this Feb. 28, 2015 file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)

 

(Reuters) – Several Republican governors likely to run for president have secured hundreds millions of dollars under Obamacare while working to dismantle the healthcare law, according to a Reuters review of federal spending records.

Governors Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Chris Christie of New Jersey, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Texas Governor Rick Perry, all staunch opponents of President Barack Obama’s 2010 Affordable Care Act, have collectively applied for and won at least $352 million through grant programs set up by the law, federal records show.

The action is at odds with the public stance of all four potential candidates, who have blasted the law as an unprecedented expansion of government and called for its repeal.

Aides told Reuters they saw no contradiction in applying for these grants while criticizing the law as a whole.

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