Anthony Weiner: Hey, how about an ObamaCare waiver for … New York City?

posted at 7:14 pm on March 23, 2011 by Allahpundit

Mitt Romney did a little health-care pandering at the Corner yesterday by insisting that as president he’d grant O-Care waivers to all 50 states. Joke’s on him, though: At the rate we’re going, by the time the next president’s sworn in, we’ll all be excluded by waivers already.

Who needs repeal when we can simply exempt millions of people at a time?

“The president said, ‘If you have better ideas that can accomplish the same thing, go for it,’” said Weiner. “I’m in the process now of trying to see if we can take [President Barack Obama] up on it in the city of New York, … and I’m taking a look at all of the money we spend in Medicaid and Medicare and maybe New York City can come up with a better plan.”…

The congressman was trying to debunk Republican “myths” about the health care law during a speech at the Center for American Progress. He used the waivers as way to describe how flexible the law actually is and how “this notion that the government is shoving the bill down people’s throats” is not true.

“The administration needs to make this argument more forcefully,” he said. “A lot of people who got waivers were … people who are our friends.”

Because of its unique Medicaid structure, he wants NYC to have “more control over its own destiny,” which is as pithy a bumper sticker for the ObamaCare repeal movement as one could conceive of. Simultaneously, he’s also a fan of more aggressive “messaging” about the glories of O-Care. Which, at this point, may make him the only one left who still is: For your companion reading, savor this piece about the utter collapse of the left’s all-star, multimillion-dollar “Health Information Campaign.” Exit quotation from last June, when the group launched: “We’re going to run a very sophisticated campaign.”


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How about an Obamacare waiver for everyone?

ramrants on March 23, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Kiss of Death from the Loquacious Nose

blatantblue on March 23, 2011 at 7:17 PM

you voted for it and now you don’t want to be apart of it??

puhhleeeeze

cmsinaz on March 23, 2011 at 7:18 PM

This is a wedgie boy.

This is a wedgie boy who made it to Congress.

Any questions?

Bishop on March 23, 2011 at 7:18 PM

This just gets better and better……

idesign on March 23, 2011 at 7:18 PM

BB love the EP my friend…open wide my fav

cmsinaz on March 23, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Please, massa, can we please not obey your onerous law?

lorien1973 on March 23, 2011 at 7:19 PM

How much of the Obamacare nonsense do these waivers waive?

sharrukin on March 23, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Heh

This is just pathetic. Yes exemptions for those with a direct line and the right amount of money and support I guess.

CWforFreedom on March 23, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Waivers might be OK until the supreme court rules, but we still have to grab back that 105 BILLION being spent to implement this disaster.

karenhasfreedom on March 23, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Only if he promised to shutup and never be heard from again. He’s the most obnoxious noisemaker ever!

rjoco1 on March 23, 2011 at 7:21 PM

What if they ran a very sophisticated campaign and nobody came?

John the Libertarian on March 23, 2011 at 7:21 PM

How about an Obamacare waiver for everyone?

ramrants on March 23, 2011 at 7:16 PM

That is the new Republican platform for 2012.

“Waivers for All” polled better than “Repeal”

portlandon on March 23, 2011 at 7:21 PM

I never had this much fun celebrating an anniversary.

Apologetic California on March 23, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Tiny never misses a beat, does he?

(“Tiny” is an appropriate nickname for “Anthony,” right?)

KingGold on March 23, 2011 at 7:21 PM

OMG. That screencap picture of Wiener is too much to take. What an obnoxious mug.

portlandon on March 23, 2011 at 7:23 PM

“Waivers for All” polled better than “Repeal”

portlandon on March 23, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Actually, not bad at all.

Apologetic California on March 23, 2011 at 7:24 PM

If you like your Weiner, you can keep your Weiner.

Chuck Schick on March 23, 2011 at 7:24 PM

These are mighty delicious nuggets you’ve thrown out today Allah! Keep them coming!

KickandSwimMom on March 23, 2011 at 7:24 PM

If you like your Weiner, you can keep your Weiner.

Chuck Schick on March 23, 2011 at 7:24 PM

lol.

KickandSwimMom on March 23, 2011 at 7:25 PM

eventually, only republicans will pay for obama care and only democrats will be covered.

/waiver please

DrW on March 23, 2011 at 7:25 PM

He was also quoted as saying “We have hospitals, we employ doctors, we employ nurses. We have a health care infrastructure”. So, um, yeah dude! I live in a tiny backwater. The little known DFW metroplex. What are these things you speak of? We go the apothecary and get faith healing. Right?

hboulware on March 23, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Anthony Weiner: Hey, how about an ObamaCare waiver for … New York City?

From this guy?

Please. These guys are dishonest to the core.

Scrappy on March 23, 2011 at 7:26 PM

I don’t want an Obamacare waiver. I want an Obama waiver.

Mark1971 on March 23, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Anthony Weiner: Hey, how about an ObamaCare waiver for … New York City?
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The Audacity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on March 23, 2011 at 7:27 PM

His brain is clearly diseased. If the law is great, why ask for a waiver? And to say the existence of the ability to be exempted from the law is what makes the law good is a farce.

ButterflyDragon on March 23, 2011 at 7:27 PM

So Andy Griffiths can shuffle back to his nursing home?

MJBrutus on March 23, 2011 at 7:28 PM

cmsinaz on March 23, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Thanks :D
Just wrote a new one today. It’s got country, swing, rock, jazz, and just lots of fun in it. Song to have all our friends come up and grab different instruments and just have a big jam sesh on stage.

blatantblue on March 23, 2011 at 7:28 PM

“The administration needs to make this argument more forcefully,” he said. “A lot of people who got waivers were … people who are our friends.”

Hahaha. The truest thing this man’s ever said, and I’m sure he regretted it immediately.

Chuck Schick on March 23, 2011 at 7:28 PM

I really, really want him to speak to Megyn Kelly about this…Live.

hboulware on March 23, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Anthony Weiner: Hey, how about an ObamaCare waiver for … New York City?

…because it’s just that awesome!

AUINSC on March 23, 2011 at 7:29 PM

This is a wedgie boy.

This is a wedgie boy who made it to Congress.

Any questions?

Bishop on March 23, 2011 at 7:18 PM

I’m thinking atomic sit-up, only you could get him twice by explaining that the first time was just a joke.

ericdijon on March 23, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Because the economics have not been completely worked out within the health-insurance industry, I’m betting the worst is still to come for this bill. Yeah, sure, premiums continue to rise. But just wait until insurers have fully factored in the no-pre-existing-conditions and sky’s-the-limit-no-cap requirements.

Americans are going to have a fit.

Oh, and just wait to see how most Americans view their PEU fellow citizens, whose gold-plated plans will be astronomically more valuable because they contribute so little to the cost of them.

BuckeyeSam on March 23, 2011 at 7:30 PM

blatantblue on March 23, 2011 at 7:28 PM

cool beans :)

cmsinaz on March 23, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Maybe this has something to do with Weiner’s expected run for NYC mayor when Bloomberg’s term is up (2013).

Another expected candidate is current NYC Comptroller John Liu, a Democrat of course, but developing a reputation as a cost-cutter and corruption fighter. Weiner might see this as an important resume item for whatever reason.

Gilda on March 23, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Horshack was FOR Obama care before he was against it!

Find Horshack in the picture circa Jimmeh Cartah error.

Key West Reader on March 23, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Thank Gawd we passed this monstrosity last year, otherwise we would be able to witness the full meltdown of the Democratic political class over worst bill of the last 100 years!

Lance Murdock on March 23, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Count it!

WisCon on March 23, 2011 at 7:36 PM

These good for Thee but not for Me politicians make me want to scream. Everyone of them are weasels. The mental gymnastics they must go through to justify their own existence and lack of morality tax the intellect.

ClanDerson on March 23, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Horshack was FOR Obama care before he was against it!

Find Horshack in the picture circa Jimmeh Cartah error.

Key West Reader on March 23, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Key West Reader:Haha,sweet!:)

canopfor on March 23, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Never has a guy had so perfect a surname. It fits no matter how you pronounce it.

Grayson on March 23, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Count it!

WisCon on March 23, 2011 at 7:36 PM

OT/ I know but WisCon, what’s the skinny on the recall of the Republican Senators?

sandee on March 23, 2011 at 7:39 PM

I’m not happy with Mittens supporting a 50 state waiver. Why not just repeal the whole monstrosity?

Paul-Cincy on March 23, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Only one thing lower than a side show freak

The Ugly American on March 23, 2011 at 7:41 PM

His last name tells us all about his character.

hawkman on March 23, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Key West Reader on March 23, 2011 at 7:33 PM

ooh, ooh, ooh :)

cmsinaz on March 23, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Oh-huh.

So “the law” shouldn’t apply to “our friends”.

I’m so tempted to drop a “Nazi bomb” right now…

JohnGalt23 on March 23, 2011 at 7:44 PM

if the tables were reveresed, nana pelosi would utter every sentence with the preamble “the president’s failed healthcare policy”

hey, it worked, maybe boehner should work on that.

joeindc44 on March 23, 2011 at 7:45 PM

I know a print shop in Tijuana that can get you a Social Security Card, Driver’s License, and Green Card…

… a Waiver should be no problemo.

Seven Percent Solution on March 23, 2011 at 7:46 PM

I’m not happy with Mittens supporting a 50 state waiver. Why not just repeal the whole monstrosity?

Paul-Cincy on March 23, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Because he can’t do so without a filibuster-prrof majority in the Senate.

That said, I sure as hell hope that exemption would apply to individuals also.

JohnGalt23 on March 23, 2011 at 7:46 PM

Who needs repeal when we can simply exempt millions of people at a time?

Indeed. May the waivers be fruitful and multiply.

rukiddingme on March 23, 2011 at 7:47 PM

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canopfor on March 23, 2011 at 7:47 PM

“A lot of people who got waivers were … people who are our friends.”

Funny how that works out!

In other words, you ain’t a friend, your SCREWED!

GarandFan on March 23, 2011 at 7:48 PM

joeindc44 on March 23, 2011 at 7:45 PM

excellent idea…send him a note :)

cmsinaz on March 23, 2011 at 7:48 PM

canopfor on March 23, 2011 at 7:47 PM

most excellent…congrats Ed and Allah :)

cmsinaz on March 23, 2011 at 7:50 PM

All joking aside; our political establishment is broken beyond repair. The very same people who shoved this bill down our throats without as much as an honest debate, now are begging for a way out of the thing. Honestly, our country has world class people who are lead by complete corrupt morons who care about themselves and not one lick about us.

Keemo on March 23, 2011 at 7:51 PM

I just friended Obama on Facebook. I am exempt.

CWforFreedom on March 23, 2011 at 7:51 PM

This reeks of smoke-filled backroom deal making
sumpin…sumpin!!

canopfor on March 23, 2011 at 7:54 PM

canopfor on March 23, 2011 at 7:47 PM
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most excellent…congrats Ed and Allah :)

cmsinaz on March 23, 2011 at 7:50 PM

cmsinaz:)

canopfor on March 23, 2011 at 7:55 PM

I was under the impression that all these waivers are temporary, like for a year or so, until other parts of Obamacare kick in.

Am I mistaken?

marybel on March 23, 2011 at 7:59 PM

I just friended Obama on Facebook. I am exempt.

CWforFreedom on March 23, 2011 at 7:51 PM

CWforFreedom:OH NO,you did not,now,Big Sis is going to do
a background check,and your gonna feel like
you were in a forever TSA Strip Search,never
ending!!(snark).

canopfor on March 23, 2011 at 7:59 PM

I don’t want an Obamacare waiver. I want an Obama waiver.

Mark1971 on March 23, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Me too!

bitsy on March 23, 2011 at 8:02 PM

I know a print shop in Tijuana that can get you a Social Security Card, Driver’s License, and Green Card…

… a Waiver should be no problemo.

Seven Percent Solution on March 23, 2011 at 7:46 PM

::Billy Mays::: And if you order NOW, America’s POTUS will even arm you with high caliber American made weapons for your flight into American territory by way of Arizona! Call 1-800-Gun-Walk.

But we’re not finished yet! If you are one of the first 25 callers we’ll throw in a set of Ginsu knives. They work great to penetrate bean bags being fired by American Border Patrol Agents.

Key West Reader on March 23, 2011 at 8:02 PM

can we get a weinerwaiver?…I`m down for some of that.

NY Conservative on March 23, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Facism, meet crr6.

crr6, you own it.

MadDogF on March 23, 2011 at 8:04 PM

can we get a weinerwaiver?…I`m down for some of that.

NY Conservative on March 23, 2011 at 8:03 PM

New York needs its Weiners. They’re on every corner of the city. There WILL be Weiners as long as there is NYC.

Key West Reader on March 23, 2011 at 8:06 PM

So, what’s the hold up with cutting that 105 billion that’s just sitting there? Holler louder, Mrs. Bachman!

SouthernGent on March 23, 2011 at 8:06 PM

Waivers will not dismantle the monstrosity they created.

We will need very short one page legislation for every 2000+ page monstrosity that the Feds have created in the last …. oh…. 70 years.

The (Fill in the Blank) Federal (Fill in another Blank – Agency, Commission, Department, Bureau) is hereby Repealed and will cease operations immediately.

In my dreams.

Jimmy Doolittle on March 23, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Defund, repeal, and I don’t care if you replace it or not.

Khun Joe on March 23, 2011 at 8:09 PM

I’m hanging around until crr6k gets here to explain how one of the most vocal loud mouthed supporters of this ‘Wonderful’ program can now be talking about getting people in his state a waiver.

I’m sure it will be the usual geyser of leftspaz bull$hit, but I want to hear it anyways.

BigWyo on March 23, 2011 at 8:10 PM

I think the only people who should be denied a waiver are the dnc senators and congressmen who blindly voted for this thing, along with their staffs, and contributors.

joeindc44 on March 23, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Sorry Weiner Boy. You wanted it; you keep it.

mizflame98 on March 23, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Putz defined.

Sporty1946 on March 23, 2011 at 8:12 PM

I just friended Obama on Facebook. I am exempt.
CWforFreedom on March 23, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Genius stroke! *I am starting to like Obama more than ever!

*Although he still polls negatively in my Sherman1864 Poll but let’s keep that a secret.

Sherman1864 on March 23, 2011 at 8:14 PM

blindly voted for this thing, along with their staffs, and contributors.

joeindc44 on March 23, 2011 at 8:10 PM

They, as Nan suggested , passed it to find out what was in it and now many don’t like it.

CWforFreedom on March 23, 2011 at 8:17 PM

I’m sure it will be the usual geyser of leftspaz bull$hit, but I want to hear it anyways.

BigWyo on March 23, 2011 at 8:10 PM

They are hibernating until Obama gives them their next key words and phrases to begin trot out on Friday.

Key West Reader on March 23, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Weiner honks like an angry, anorexic, spastic, rude, hyperactive, demented goose on meth. And those are his good points. Charity dictates that I omit the negative.

Mason on March 23, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Where are you crr6? Defend this one.

jawkneemusic on March 23, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Exit quotation from last June, when the group launched: “We’re going to run a very sophisticated campaign.”

Translation: “Our campaign is doomed to failure.”

ted c on March 23, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Wiener–the most appropriately named elected official.

Crusader Rabbit on March 23, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Waiver for All instead of repeal?
If one unelected bureaucrat can give today, one unelected bureaucrat can take away tomorrow. Repeal for me and mine, please.

mredly on March 23, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Still no Crr hmmmmmmmmmmmm

CWforFreedom on March 23, 2011 at 9:28 PM

I shudder to think of New York seven years from now if this bozo ends up replacing the unbelievably-not-as-annoying-as-Anthony Michael Boomberg as mayor (which I believe is what Weiner’s eventual goal is, since he tried for mayor back in 2005).

jon1979 on March 23, 2011 at 9:35 PM

And of course no waivers as of 2013 after BO gets elected. At least that is his plan…

When you lose Weiner, you lost.

jeffn21 on March 23, 2011 at 9:36 PM

All joking aside; our political establishment is broken beyond repair. The very same people who shoved this bill down our throats without as much as an honest debate, now are begging for a way out of the thing. Honestly, our country has world class people who are lead being robbed by complete corrupt morons who care about themselves and not one lick about us.
Keemo on March 23, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Great post, I agree 100% but I felt I had to alter what you said a bit, sorry. There is absolutely no leading going on anywhere in our government.

Ditkaca on March 23, 2011 at 9:38 PM

The great thing about being the tooth fairy is that I have the flexibility to not be the tooth fairy if I don’t want to be.

ardenenoch on March 23, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Ditkaca on March 23, 2011 at 9:38 PM

You both said it.

dogsoldier on March 23, 2011 at 9:50 PM

I’m confused. Just WHAT are they “exempt” from? Paying for it? So how do they get care? The same way everyone else does? Who pays for that care? And if they are out, doesn’t that necessarily put us right back where they were supposedly trying to get us out of–with people not paying into the system but using it on the backs of everyone else?

This is so screwed up. In fact, I really believe it’s so complicated, it can never actually work even close to what either they intended (or more accurately) what they said they intended.

Can we sue them all for breach of contract because it seems to me they aren’t upholding ANY of that whole, “I will uphold the Constitution…”

UnderstandingisPower on March 23, 2011 at 10:07 PM

Never has a guy had so perfect a surname. It fits no matter how you pronounce it.

Grayson on March 23, 2011 at 7:38 PM

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And his wife’s name is Huma, as in Huma Weiner. No kidding.

diogenes on March 23, 2011 at 10:23 PM

Crr6 has assured me that all those countless people seeking wavers actually like the legislation as it is, so it’s all good.

BlueCollarAstronaut on March 23, 2011 at 10:28 PM

Still no Crr hmmmmmmmmmmmm

CWforFreedom on March 23, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Rationalization can sometimes be a hard and lengthy process…

Even though whatever squirts out the other end is always pathetic.

Or mebbe OCB has an all-you-can-eat desert bar going tonight.

BigWyo on March 23, 2011 at 10:30 PM

This guy keeps living up/down to his name…

Gohawgs on March 23, 2011 at 10:42 PM

A waiver for everyone is an interesting platform. Since as written, Obamacare gives such enormous discretion to government officials, we could end up in a situation where the scourge of Obamacare remains on the books forever, and under a Republican President everyone gets a waiver, and under a democratic President we are back into playing favorites.

slickwillie2001 on March 23, 2011 at 10:54 PM

Hey,just let the Republicans repeal Obamacare and we all get a waiver. Life really isn’t as complicated as Democrats want us to believe.

bflat879 on March 23, 2011 at 10:58 PM

eventually, only republicans will pay for obama care and only democrats will be covered.

That’s how it is with taxes, too.

Dirty Creature on March 24, 2011 at 7:05 AM

Is it just me or does Anthony Weiner look like Screech from Saved By The Bell?

shov74 on March 24, 2011 at 7:28 AM

Is it just me or does Anthony Weiner look like Screech from Saved By The Bell?

It’s just you. He actually looks like Arnold Horshack.

Dirty Creature on March 24, 2011 at 7:32 AM

Tony is a loud-mouthed runt who knows everything about anything. I read yesterday that he is a potential NYC mayoral candidate.

jdflorida on March 24, 2011 at 8:38 AM

Wow, the kenites sure are trippy.

True_King on March 24, 2011 at 8:39 AM

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