1 in 5 of latest ObamaCare waivers went to Nancy Pelosi’s district?

posted at 8:48 am on May 17, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Well, to be fair, Nancy Pelosi did warn us that we wouldn’t find out what was in ObamaCare until Congress passed it into law.  Now we know what’s in it — political payoffs on an almost, er, Biblical scale:

Of the 204 new Obamacare waivers President Barack Obama’s administration approved in April, 38 are for fancy eateries, hip nightclubs and decadent hotels in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Northern California district.

That’s in addition to the 27 new waivers for health care or drug companies and the 31 new union waivers Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services approved.

Pelosi’s district secured almost 20 percent of the latest issuance of waivers nationwide, and the companies that won them didn’t have much in common with companies throughout the rest of the country that have received Obamacare waivers.

Other common waiver recipients were labor union chapters, large corporations, financial firms and local governments. But Pelosi’s district’s waivers are the first major examples of luxurious, gourmet restaurants and hotels getting a year-long pass from Obamacare.

Just remember, ObamaCare is here to protect the poor.  And Nancy Pelosi is here to protect all of the little people … who serve the rich.

Matthew Boyle profiles a few of the businesses that got waivers from HHS to emphasize the point.  For instance, one might think that a restaurant that charges $59 for a porterhouse steak as Boboquivari’s does could afford to fit its health care plan to Pelosi’s own specifications.  The same goes for Café Mason, with its $60 entrees, and Tru Spa, which Allure Magazine calls “the best day spa in San Francisco.”  If these kinds of high-tone joints can’t afford ObamaCare, then how can anyone else?

The odds of one Representative getting 20% of a batch of waivers from the Obama administration as a coincidence seems rather high.  Once again, we have to wonder exactly how waiver applications are judged and approved.  With its high percentage of unions and party leader constituents, this is looking more and more like a mechanism for political payoffs.


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I’m confused as to why anybody would need a waiver from Obama’s super-awesome health care legislation that was the greatest thing that ever happened to the United States.

Good Lt on May 17, 2011 at 8:50 AM

But Pelosi’s district’s waivers are the first major examples of luxurious, gourmet restaurants and hotels getting a year-long pass from Obamacare.

Tax cuts for the rich

trubble on May 17, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Liberal SanFran gets waivers, and GOP districts in the midwest get flooded to save liberal NOLA.

faraway on May 17, 2011 at 8:53 AM

For thee but not for me (or my friends, or where I eat)

skatz51 on May 17, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Politico has a poll out, would you vote for Obama if election was today. He is AHEAD.. Unreal. http://www.politico.com/

reshas1 on May 17, 2011 at 8:53 AM

There is little anyone else could say about Pelosi’s character that hasn’t been said already, but the one more-than-fitting word that does come up to describe her again and again is the word VILE.

pilamaye on May 17, 2011 at 8:53 AM

I’m proud of San Francisco, voluntarily stepping forward to sacrifice its piece of the greatest benefit ever bestowed upon the American people so that others can be sure to get theirs.

Sort of brings a tear to my eye. Like the price for that porterhouse steak does.

Bishop on May 17, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Tax cuts for the rich

trubble on May 17, 2011 at 8:53 AM

+++

ladyingray on May 17, 2011 at 8:54 AM

The losers in SF got what they deserved, electing her to term after term, even when they know how liberal and manipulative she is. They made their bed, now they are trying to see if they can get someone else to sleep in it.

DuctTapeMyBrain on May 17, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Like the price for that porterhouse steak does.

Bishop on May 17, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Is that not just criminal?

ladyingray on May 17, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Later on in the story they document their efforts to get in touch with the proprietors of these fine and surely destitute establishments.

Curiously, they aren’t interested in talking.

KingGold on May 17, 2011 at 8:54 AM

What I don’t get is….if they can’t afford it now, what are they going to do a year from now?

I’ll bet my next paycheck that the very same people who are requesting waivers right now will be the ones howling loudest when the SCOTUS overturns the entire thing.

Mord on May 17, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Pelosi threatened Sebelius with the big gavel.

Maxine Waters started to complain until she was reminded of the unwarranted TARP allocation to the bank employing her husband. You know, the one that even Barney Frank wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole.

BuckeyeSam on May 17, 2011 at 8:56 AM

All the more reason to drive a stake through the heart of Obamacare.

VBMax on May 17, 2011 at 8:57 AM

What more evidence does Boehner need that this monstrosity needs to be totally defunded?

ctmom on May 17, 2011 at 8:57 AM

And just wait until even more moochers flock to San Francisco, the Sanctuary City Citadel.

onlineanalyst on May 17, 2011 at 8:57 AM

I wonder why people are cynical about politics?

cynccook on May 17, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Most San Francisco businesses are already subject to a local healthcare ordinance whereby they pay an extra tax in lieu of directly offering coverage and then the employees are covered separately by a plan funded by this tax revenue. I would imagine this would explaina high % of waivers coming from SF.

DaveO on May 17, 2011 at 8:59 AM

If there is something else Nancy deserves from the taxpayers it is a free ride on a rail with a side of tar and feathers!

tim c on May 17, 2011 at 8:59 AM

It’s all perfectly legal. It’s right there in the bill!

-crr6

stvnscott on May 17, 2011 at 8:59 AM

And once again the lsm is nowhere to be found….

Despicable

cmsinaz on May 17, 2011 at 9:00 AM

I see now that the bill passed, and we found out what was in it… we don’t like it.

Who could have predicted that Nancy?

1/5 in one 1 Congressional district.

That Congresswoman should be grilled before Congress about why she is taking advantage of the waiver loop hole.

Whoever is in the Whitehouse January 2013 needs to take the same pledge as Romney and issue waivers to all 50 states. Then maybe we can get this stupid bill behind us.

petunia on May 17, 2011 at 9:01 AM

How the Republican nominee in 2012(no matter who it is) doesn’t win with this kind of ammo is beyond me. Seriously, at the debates just bring up the Obamacare waivers and who’s received them, the bribes to Senators to get Obamacare passed in the first place, the astroturfing by the Obama campaign in Wisconsin, the NLRB preventing Boeing from setting up shop in South Carolina, the moratorium in the Gulf, and Holder throwing out the conviction against the New Black Panther Party.

If that alone isn’t enough to get at least 50.1% of the country to say they’ve had it with this administration, then the Republicans are truly hopeless.

Doughboy on May 17, 2011 at 9:01 AM

this is looking more and more like a mechanism for political payoffs.

Just like TARP. Tax cuts for the rich. Screw the middle class. Keep hammering that. Eventually it will stick.

parteagirl on May 17, 2011 at 9:04 AM

I thought we were going to hold hearings and have investigations in the House. We need more GOP House cleaning.

faraway on May 17, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Isn’t crony capitalism great, for the little people … LOL!

tarpon on May 17, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Politico has a poll out, would you vote for Obama if election was today. He is AHEAD.. Unreal. http://www.politico.com/

reshas1 on May 17, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Well, it’s Politico! I never go there unless it’s to vote in a poll against Obama. Like I just did. Politico’s staff has probably voted yes 10 times to rub out my one no vote.

Vince on May 17, 2011 at 9:05 AM

If that alone isn’t enough to get at least 50.1% of the country to say they’ve had it with this administration, then the Republicans are truly hopeless.

Doughboy on May 17, 2011 at 9:01 AM

The Democrats and the media will always have the racism charge. It worked all too well against McCain, so there’s no reason not to deploy it in full this time around too.

Which is one reason why I wouldn’t mind Cain winning the nomination. He’d attack Obama mercilessly and be mostly immune to the racism charge (they’ll still be racist toward him, of course), so at least that would be easier.

KingGold on May 17, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Why aren’t our GOP candidates jumping up and down over this? Instead, crickets…

faraway on May 17, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Hear hear Doughboy

cmsinaz on May 17, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Limousine liberals.
*facepalm*

itsnotaboutme on May 17, 2011 at 9:08 AM

when the SCOTUS overturns the entire thing.

Mord on May 17, 2011 at 8:55 AM

crr says that’s not going to happen…

ladyingray on May 17, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Why aren’t our GOP candidates jumping up and down over this? Instead, crickets…

faraway on May 17, 2011 at 9:06 AM

It just now broke on Drudge. Give them a few minutes!

itsnotaboutme on May 17, 2011 at 9:09 AM

I think we’re forgetting the biggest waiver of all. The people who wrote the bill and forced it down our throats are exempt from it. How good can it be if its creators don’t even want it. Think if the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution and they themselves didn’t have to abide by it. What kind of a country would that have created? What kind of country has Obama created?

Tommy_G on May 17, 2011 at 9:10 AM

That’s our girl.

This is one messed up state.

juanito on May 17, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Once again, we have to wonder exactly how waiver applications are judged and approved. With its high percentage of unions and party leader constituents, this is looking more and more like a mechanism for political payoffs.

No, we don’t have to wonder at all. Anybody who seriously believes that the connected are not ripping off the unconnected are fools.

Aquateen Hungerforce on May 17, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Like the Pope said, “We lost the Wonder Bread account”.

nimrod on May 17, 2011 at 9:11 AM

It just now broke on Drudge. Give them a few minutes!

itsnotaboutme on May 17, 2011 at 9:09 AM

hehe

faraway on May 17, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Once again, we are asking open questions that get zero answers…

I have a better idea – flat out state “Pelosi is manipulating the waiver process” as a conclusion or “Obamacare illegally rewards political friends”…

I have no idea why most Reps and cons play the “hmm, lets describe the issue and hope people connect the dots”, not going to happen at the level it needs to happen – so make the conclusion of clear graft and payola between the former House Speaker who wrote the Bill and her district getting 20% of those waivers.

There is a reason why there isnt a correlation between any of these waiver company’s, except a certain politician who wrote and helped pass Obamacare.

Odie1941 on May 17, 2011 at 9:11 AM

The repubs should make a country wide ad about this. They must know how we all feel about SFNan. What does HHS do if they end up giving more waivers than they have payers? This fubar Ocare is going to starve before it gets started.

Kissmygrits on May 17, 2011 at 9:12 AM

And arent waivers – all over the map – the “smoking gun” of getting it repealed, and/or deemed unconstitutional???

Forget the fact it was written late at night, with zero “authorship” cred and passed through payoffs – that got those people thrown out of office in the 2010 election anyway… the fact waivers – to companys of all kinds, all sizes – with zero guidance – um yeah – its safe to say even Dems dont like Obamacare, though they fought for it; in that inane liberal diseased way.

Odie1941 on May 17, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Once again, we have to wonder exactly how waiver applications are judged and approved.

Serious questions: Are the actions of HHS covered under F.O.I.A.? Will Issa hold a hearing?

Buy Danish on May 17, 2011 at 9:16 AM

crr says that’s not going to happen…

ladyingray on May 17, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Yeah, shame on me, lol. I’m not worthy to opine. I’ll wait for her take on this…..oh wait, she never does show up on topics like this one, does she?

Mord on May 17, 2011 at 9:17 AM

It’s softcore fascism.

rbj on May 17, 2011 at 9:17 AM

You have to wonder if the GOP is silent on all this because they see these businesses as future donors.

RedRedRice on May 17, 2011 at 9:20 AM

This probably explains the high concentration of waivers in San Francisco:

http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2008/04/03/in-san-francisco-health-care-shows-up-on-the-restaurant-bill/

Eating out in San Francisco? Besides the tip, you’ll have to figure in the cost of health care. The city’s health-care mandate is now showing up as a surcharge on some restaurant bills, MarketWatch reports.

Since the beginning of the year, San Francisco businesses have been required to offer health insurance to employees or pay a fee to the city to fund health care.

Some restaurants are passing the fee on to consumers in the form of a health surcharge, which shows up on the bill as a flat fee ($1 per person, or so) or as a percentage (like sales tax).

Restaurants have been pretty unhappy about the ordinance all along. The Golden Gate Restaurant Association sued the city, arguing that the rules about employee benefits can be set only by the feds.

The case has been bouncing through the federal courts, but employers are on the hook for the fees at least until it gets resolved. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is supposed to rule on the case later this month, MarketWatch reports.

Other state and local governments have been keeping an eye on the situation. If the court winds up ruling that only the feds can set benefit requirements, it could force would-be health reformers in statehouses and city halls around the country to reconsider their plans.

steebo77 on May 17, 2011 at 9:20 AM

Just another pig feeding at the trough.

Most ethical Congress, evah? Isn’t that what Pelosi told us way back when?

coldwarrior on May 17, 2011 at 9:22 AM

ObamaCare is seriously starting to look like a mechanism for bringing tyranny and misery to red states while sparing the blue states. One of the waivers for ObamaCare went to an entire state (Maine), for crying out loud.

Aitch748 on May 17, 2011 at 9:22 AM

I was under the impression that laws applied to everyone in the USA, not just a chosen few. So, can I have a waiver to speed or hold up a bank?

nwpammy on May 17, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Steebo…..Yowser

It feels like the Comperto you see in italia…

cmsinaz on May 17, 2011 at 9:24 AM

I have a better idea – flat out state “Pelosi is manipulating the waiver process” as a conclusion or “Obamacare illegally rewards political friends”…

Odie1941 on May 17, 2011 at 9:11 AM

I’m with you. This mess is such a Haufenmist (big pile of you know what) it’s long past the time to speak politely about it. This is IMHO the most brazenly corrupt stuff out of Washington for a very long time.

jwolf on May 17, 2011 at 9:26 AM

IIRC, the last time I ate at a restaurant in San Francisco, there was a surcharge added to the tab that specifically went to the “healthcare of the employees” of the restaurant.

ted c on May 17, 2011 at 9:32 AM

The Democrats and the media will always have the racism charge. It worked all too well against McCain, so there’s no reason not to deploy it in full this time around too.

Which is one reason why I wouldn’t mind Cain winning the nomination. He’d attack Obama mercilessly and be mostly immune to the racism charge (they’ll still be racist toward him, of course), so at least that would be easier.

KingGold on May 17, 2011 at 9:06 AM

99 times out of 100, anybody who uses the “racist” charge is trying to protect some scumbag from scrutiny.

Aitch748 on May 17, 2011 at 9:33 AM

this is looking more and more like a mechanism for political payoffs.

Ya think?

Actually, OboobaCare looks like a ginormous political attack on the nation, from which selected favorites will be spared.

Akzed on May 17, 2011 at 9:33 AM

OMG. But- ive had the porterhouse at Bobo’s…and man…that steak was probably worth me losing most if not all of my principles….man that steak was good…and im from Texas!

CapitalistPig on May 17, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Well, news of this sort frankly shocks this commenter. /s

search4truth on May 17, 2011 at 9:37 AM

I’m sure Nanzi Pelosi’s tuna canneries get exempt from the netting rules, too. Dolphin safe? Pfffftttt.

SouthernGent on May 17, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Now we know what’s in it — political payoffs on an almost, er, Biblical scale…

Unfortunately, I think there are still a few more Easter eggs inside the bill that we haven’t discovered yet.

Fallon on May 17, 2011 at 9:38 AM

The hypocrisy of Pelosi and the libs.
Pushing Obamacare and then issuing thousands of waivers which
allow people NOT to have to have Obamacare.
These Democrats are sickening.
The crappy insurance (Obamacare) will be foisted on all of us and the special people get to have nice insurance.
SPECIAL PEOPLE:
*members of congress
*President Obama
*government sector unions
*thousands of companies that have been granted waivers

Mark7788 on May 17, 2011 at 9:41 AM

faraway on May 17, 2011 at 9:06 AM
It just now broke on Drudge. Give them a few minutes!

itsnotaboutme on May 17, 2011 at 9:09 AM

After which Issa will issue a sternly worded threat of a hearing with possible contempt charges and then promptly sit back down and forget about it.

Big John on May 17, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Nancy’s constituents read the bill and after finding out what was in it, promptly filed for waivers.
This entire obamacare nightmare is intended to penalize the opposition.

lonestar1 on May 17, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Liberals: Better for thee and a waiver for me.

Roy Rogers on May 17, 2011 at 9:50 AM

Of the 204 new Obamacare waivers President Barack Obama’s administration approved in April, 38 are for fancy eateries, hip nightclubs and decadent hotels in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Northern California district.

…..A democrat doing what a democrat does best…talking straight out of their a$$:

WASHINGTON (AP) – Relishing the prospects of a triumph, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi yesterday promised to restore integrity and civility to the House if voters put her party in control this fall.
More like this


“We’ll turn the most closed and corrupt Congress into the most open and honest Congress,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) told The Associated Press in an interview.

She spoke five weeks before the midterm elections as the House ethics committee opened an investigation into an unfolding sex scandal that led to Rep. Mark Foley’s resignation and calls for House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) to step down.

“The only way you can make the change that needs to be made for our country – a new direction where we’re there for the many and not the few – is to drain the swamp,” said Pelosi,
who is in line to be the nation’s first female House speaker if Democrats ascend to power.

….Blatant hypocrisy just does not seem to fully describe the corrupt and criminal enterprise known as the democratic party.

Baxter Greene on May 17, 2011 at 9:50 AM

Serious questions: Are the actions of HHS covered under F.O.I.A.? Will Issa hold a hearing?

Buy Danish on May 17, 2011 at 9:16 AM

One of the fundamental problems with ObaMaoCare (among the many that it is riddled with) is the discretionary power that it gives to the HHS Secretary. The whole boondoggle is politically driven. There are no checks and balances.

onlineanalyst on May 17, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Eating out in San Francisco? Besides the tip, you’ll have to figure in the cost of health care. The city’s health-care mandate is now showing up as a surcharge on some restaurant bills, MarketWatch reports.

If I ever found myself in a San Fran eatery, I’d politely tell the server, “I’m sorry but your tip is my contribution to your health surcharge. Talk to your political reps about it if you don’t like it.”

Big John on May 17, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Sort of makes you wonder how all these small businesses knew to apply for waivers.

John Deaux on May 17, 2011 at 9:54 AM

If these kinds of high-tone joints can’t afford ObamaCare, then how can anyone else?

Exactly, and excellent point!!! Same with the unions. How many millions do they give to Dems, but can’t afford this health care bill that they rallied and supported?

The odds of one Representative getting 20% of a batch of waivers from the Obama administration as a coincidence seems rather high.

Is this political pay off, or buying votes? Seems to me there might be the threat from the people, toward Nancy getting re-elected next time around. They may love her, but not at these costs.

Typical liberals though. They rally for this crap, and when it comes, suddenly having that money is of utmost importance. What happened to sacrifice? Hmmmmmmmmm?

capejasmine on May 17, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Fox News covering this as a Big Story now…

Buy Danish on May 17, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Fox News covering this as a Big Story now…

Buy Danish on May 17, 2011 at 10:02 AM

LOL.

crr6 on May 17, 2011 at 10:12 AM

I’m confused as to why anybody would need a waiver from Obama’s super-awesome health care legislation that was the greatest thing that ever happened to the United States.

Good Lt on May 17, 2011 at 8:50 AM

..particularly the quiche-sucking liberals of San Francisco who don’t bitterly cling to their guns and bibles.

The War Planner on May 17, 2011 at 10:12 AM

If I ever found myself in a San Fran eatery, I’d politely tell the server, “I’m sorry but your tip is my contribution to your health surcharge. Talk to your political reps about it if you don’t like it.”

Big John on May 17, 2011 at 9:51 AM

..THIS!

The War Planner on May 17, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Wait, wait, wait!!! This doesn’t make any sense.

Obama told us this legislation would “bend the cost curve downward.” Was that just bull$h!+?

Oh, right. That was bull$h!+.

Nevermind. Carry on.

Pablo Snooze on May 17, 2011 at 10:14 AM

If these kinds of high-tone joints can’t afford ObamaCare, then how can anyone else?

Exactly, and excellent point!!! Same with the unions. How many millions do they give to Dems, but can’t afford this health care bill that they rallied and supported?

capejasmine on May 17, 2011 at 9:57 AM

…and when the people get tired of being ripped off by the corrupt union machine…..these peace loving liberals harass and beat them.

(via Instapundit)
Union whistleblowers: We were beaten and harassed after they accused bosses of looting

BY Brian Kates
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/05/15/2011-05-15_clam_up_or_else_union_whistleblowers_we_were_beaten_and_harassed.html#ixzz1McPS9eCv

One member of Communications Workers of America Local 1101 said that after he reported a time-sheet padding scheme, a thug beat him so badly his spine was injured.

The threats come to light as the U.S. Labor Department is probing charges that union bosses lined their pockets at the rank-and-file’s expense.

Accusations include an unauthorized 401(k) plan union officers gave themselves funded with members’ dues, along with hefty weekly allowances, lavish expense accounts and six-figure salaries, union documents show.

……the only way these union criminals can maintain their control in this country is with the corrupt help from the democratic party and the threats of violence coming from their constituents.

….this must be more of that “new civility” that democrats are always talking about.

Baxter Greene on May 17, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Equal protection under the law? We never heard of it!

BDavis on May 17, 2011 at 10:18 AM

LOL.
crr6 on May 17, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Translation?: Lordy, Oh, Lordy I hope CNN and MSNBC don’t talk about this too.

Buy Danish on May 17, 2011 at 10:32 AM

… waiting for the other shoe to fall …
How many of these businesses are frequented by Pelosi, herself? How many are owned by close personal friends? How many are owned by family members?

kurtzz3 on May 17, 2011 at 10:33 AM

LOL.

crr6 on May 17, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Ah, there you are.

So, for the NINTH time, if Obamacare is so great, why does it need so many waivers?

fossten on May 17, 2011 at 10:39 AM

So much for “draining the swamp.” Corruption continues to reign in the Obama regime.

Carl on May 17, 2011 at 10:40 AM

She covered for Obama’s eligibility fraud, so now she has his administration by the short hairs. She can get anything she wants beause the Obama insiders know she can bring them down.

As I have suggested before, it wasn’t accidental that she signed two different versions of the Official Certification of Nomination (OCON), one with language certifying his constitutional eligibility (used by 49 states), and another, which omitted the eligibility language (used by Hawaii only). This isn’t conjecture on my part, it’s a documented fact–but no one cares.

Stayright on May 17, 2011 at 10:51 AM

The Legacy of the witch lives on!

Tim_CA on May 17, 2011 at 10:58 AM

It would be interesting to see a complete list of everyone who received a waiver and show the amount of political contributions given by them to each party.

What’s the over/under on the total amount given to Republicans?

chromium on May 17, 2011 at 10:59 AM

With its high percentage of unions and party leader constituents, this is looking more and more like a mechanism for political payoffs.

If you can’t have crony capitalism, what is the point of power? /Liberals

txmomof6 on May 17, 2011 at 11:05 AM

What about the Tuna cannery?

Gohawgs on May 17, 2011 at 11:07 AM

She covered for Obama’s eligibility fraud, so now she has his administration by the short hairs. She can get anything she wants beause the Obama insiders know she can bring them down.

As I have suggested before, it wasn’t accidental that she signed two different versions of the Official Certification of Nomination (OCON), one with language certifying his constitutional eligibility (used by 49 states), and another, which omitted the eligibility language (used by Hawaii only). This isn’t conjecture on my part, it’s a documented fact–but no one cares.

Stayright on May 17, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Eye-popper: Is Nancy Pelosi in on eligibility cover-up?

The first includes a verification that Obama and Joe Biden, then-candidate for vice president, “are legally qualified to serve under the provisions of the United States Constitution.”

The second form appears identical, down to a typographical error in “through.” But in this one, the verification of eligibility under the requirements of the U.S. Constitution is gone.

Stayright on May 17, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Tax cuts for the rich

trubble on May 17, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Winner.

Jaibones on May 17, 2011 at 11:19 AM

ObamaCare is a ‘(R)epublican only’ tax. It will be used as a club to threaten any business that doesn’t contribute the Jizya. Fail to support (D)emocrats and the waiver gets pulled destroying your business.

The (D)emocrats are the Black Hand.

DANEgerus on May 17, 2011 at 11:21 AM

You’ve got to hand it to Pelosi. When it comes to corrupt, thieving, grasping, political power-grabbing, nobody can hold a candle to her.

RebeccaH on May 17, 2011 at 11:21 AM

nauseating.

maineconservative on May 17, 2011 at 11:23 AM

… but I got my waiver! LOL

maineconservative on May 17, 2011 at 11:23 AM

But in an unusual rebuke, an umbrella group representing premier organizations such as the Mayo Clinic wrote the administration Wednesday saying that more than 90 percent of its members would not participate, because the rules as written are so onerous it would be nearly impossible for them to succeed.

“It’s not just a simple tweak, it’s a significant change that needs to be made,” said Donald Fisher, president of the American Medical Group Association, which represents nearly 400 large medical groups around the country providing care for roughly 1 in 3 Americans. Its members, including the Cleveland Clinic, Intermountain Healthcare in Utah, and Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, had been seen as the vanguard for accountable care.

The medical groups say they are worried they will be left holding the bag for losses, that the government has designed things so there is no easy way to tell which patients are part of the program, and that there’s no reliable way to adjust for patients who are sicker and require closer follow-up and more expensive treatments.

J_Crater on May 17, 2011 at 11:24 AM

The other half of the Reid/Pelosi dirty duo got a waiver for his state as well. Nevada just got a waiver from HHS so that insurers wouldn’t have to leave the state leaving people without the ability to find insurance. Why is this a surprise to anyone?
http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/161209-hhs-grants-healthcare-waivers-to-nevada-new-hampshire

txmomof6 on May 17, 2011 at 11:30 AM

I’ve already got my waiver. It’s called The Constitution.

hawkdriver on May 17, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Fox News covering this as a Big Story now…

Buy Danish on May 17, 2011 at 10:02 AM

LOL.

crr6 on May 17, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Thanks for admitting that they are the only ones in the MSM doing the job of actually reporting these days. If the other “news outlets” refuse to cover this story, it’s yet further proof that they’re all in the tank for your hero.

BTW, did you see CNN’s fawning campaign commercial for O’bama Sunday night? It was about how “he” got bin Laden. It was absolutely shameless.

Del Dolemonte on May 17, 2011 at 11:54 AM

In happier news from a more sane state: the MISSISSIPPI TEA PARTY HAD A BIG WIN!

Mutnodjmet on May 17, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Not being the constituntional scholar some claim to be, at what point does this law also become unconstitutional as-applied, in addition to its facial issues?

Droopy on May 17, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Serious questions: Are the actions of HHS covered under F.O.I.A.? Will Issa hold a hearing?

Buy Danish on May 17, 2011 at 9:16 AM

The Republicans seem to have folded on Obamacare. There should be multiple hearings in the Republican-controlled house to develop and demonstrate the outrages of Obamacare so as to keep it in the news and to provide facts that can be used in the 2012 campaing. Issa got his TV coverage for sending out subpeona, but then he goes silent when the Obama administration resists. The Republicans should be fighting for We the People, but I fear that they are not willing to do so.
I really do wonder what the Republican leadership is doing,

GaltBlvnAtty on May 17, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Thanks for admitting that they are the only ones in the MSM doing the job of actually reporting these days.

Del Dolemonte on May 17, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Comedy gold!

crr6 on May 17, 2011 at 12:01 PM

BTW, did you see CNN’s fawning campaign commercial for O’bama Sunday night? It was about how “he” got bin Laden. It was absolutely shameless.
Del Dolemonte on May 17, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Did you forget your sarc line? That was not fawning, it was merciless.

Buy Danish on May 17, 2011 at 12:03 PM

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