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Nearly 20 percent of new Obamacare waivers are gourmet restaurants, nightclubs, fancy hotels in Nancy Pelosi's district


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.


Unless someone is prepared to demonstrate that 20% of the nation's gourmet resteraunts, swank night clubs, and upscale hotels just happen to be in Pelosi's district, this smacks of machine politics and levels of corruption not seen since the Grant administration.


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It's the Chicago way and co... (Below threshold)
Don L:

It's the Chicago way and come to think of it-the Kremlin way.

Anyone who thinks that a wa... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Anyone who thinks that a waiver doesn't come with some kind of payoff or the promise of one in the future is fooling themselves.

Spare the swamp, spoil the ... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

Spare the swamp, spoil the critters

If Obamacare is such a grea... (Below threshold)
kevino:

If Obamacare is such a great idea, why are they handing out so many exemptions?

C'mon, guys, these are just... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

C'mon, guys, these are just small perks for the tribunes of the proletariat. They're already on the waiting list for a Zil.

(Pardon for the OT: Rodney... (Below threshold)
Big Mo:

(Pardon for the OT: Rodney - uh, your slam against Grant is incorrect. Grant's presidency has been undergoing a positive re-evaluation since the late 1990s and the "corruption" charge is no more true than the "drunk" charge. See Frank Scaturro's "President Grant Reconsidered" to learn just how much historians made a mountain range out of a molehill of the so-called scandals in Grant's administration.)

At this rate enough of the ... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

At this rate enough of the population will have temporary waivers that Obamacare may not be considered much of a burden for the 2012 election. Of course, everyone forgets they are temporary and so after the Obama is re-elected, well, suddenly some of those temporary waivers may not be so easily renewed. Aren't liberals a sleazy bunch? But they are clever. I can only blame the American public for being blind to this insult.

The true irony here is the ... (Below threshold)
Caesar Augustus:

The true irony here is the that the general public has been so dumbed down by leftism in the mass media and in the public schools they won't be capable even of grasping the irony.

Big Mo @ 6,Do you ... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

Big Mo @ 6,

Do you have a nominee (and a case for the nomination) to replace the Grant administration as the poster child for corrupt presidential administrations in the United States?

And another thing ...... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

And another thing ...

What's this crap of issuing waivers regarding Federal law?

IANAL, but how does this differ from Obama issuing waivers to the drug laws for the South Side of Chicago to let his homies deal crack with impunity?

I seem to recall the phrase "equality before the law." Nothing in there about waivers.

Waivers seem to be kind of the inverse of bills of attainder, namely a non-judicial governmental designation of favor rather than disfavor. Didn't we fight a Revolution over just this kind of crap?

Rodney - depends on whether... (Below threshold)
Big Mo:

Rodney - depends on whether "corrupt" is defined fairly or partisanly.

My nomination? I can't necessarily make the case for a replacement -- my first instinct is to say FDR or Harding, but that would be unfair because I haven't studied either man's presidency in depth the way I have for Washington through Cleveland II.

But I can definitely make the case that it shouldn't be Grant. Seriously, the so-called scandals in Grant's terms just weren't what many historians have made them out to be. Grant wasn't corrupt, nor was his administration as a whole. (See the recent works of Josiah Bunting, Jean Edward Smith and Frank Scaturro for starters.)

One other thing: singling out a president as the most corrupt tends to overlook Congress, which is where most of the real corruption usually occurs -- until lately, that is.

Well, to paraphrase his hol... (Below threshold)
liberalnitemare:

Well, to paraphrase his holiness ...
At a certain point, you've donated enough money.

Harry Reid won't be outdone... (Below threshold)
Neo:

Harry Reid won't be outdone by Nancy Pelosi ...

The Health and Human Services Department announced late Friday that Nevada had secured a statewide waiver from certain implementation requirements of the Obama administration’s health care law, because forcing them through, the department found, “may lead to the destabilization of the individual market.”

waiting to hear from across... (Below threshold)
epador:

waiting to hear from across the aisle

+1 to Jay G @ # 10. I'd li... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

+1 to Jay G @ # 10. I'd like a waiver from the tax laws, personally.

The entire concept of the "rule of law, not of men" is that every man is subject to the law equally, from the mightiest billionaire to the poorest homeless drug addict. Handing out "waivers" in effect creates a privileged class no longer subject to the law like everyone else.

Of course, there is a price to join this class - support of the Obama Regime, its commissars, czars, nomenklatura, legislative drones, and policies, preferably with cash donations.

"Calling Mr. Orwell, George Orwell, party of one - your table is ready, sir."

Odd that the same organizat... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Odd that the same organizations that trumpeted ObamaCare are now the same ones that want 'temporary' waivers.

Channeling Tina here<... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Channeling Tina here

"Wouldnt you say the republicans are antijob growth if they oppose businesses in Pelosi's district getting waivers for Obamacare since you think Obamacare is bad for business. Please explain to us moderates why you arent just being partisian to the right"

You morons do know the waiv... (Below threshold)
roly:

You morons do know the waivers expire in 2014, right? What's that, less that 18 months. Idiots.

roly @ 18 informs us:... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

roly @ 18 informs us:

You morons do know the waivers expire in 2014, right? What's that, less that 18 months. Idiots.

When last I checked 2014 was scheduled to have the usual twelve months (as will 2013 and 2012). Since it's currently May in the Year of Our Lord 2011, my math indicates that "ending in 2014" ranges from a minimum of 31 months (0001 on 01 JAN 2014) to a maximum of 43 months (2359 on 31 DEC 2014) and 18 months makes the range not at all.

Who then is the moron?

Talking Left, and Living Ri... (Below threshold)
RickS:

Talking Left, and Living Right. It's the Democrat way.

You morons do know the w... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

You morons do know the waivers expire in 2014, right? What's that, less that 18 months. Idiots.

And liberal "temporary measures" always expire when they're supposed to. Liberals would never extend the life of a program that benefits one of their constituencies. That would be wrong.

A modest proposal: if the Obamacare waivers are extended (assuming Dems are still in power, God forbid), we all agree that conservatives get a waiver on any and all waiver recipients they can bag. Deal?

Shouldn't be a problem, right? I mean, the Obamacare waivers will expire, so there's no risk, is there?

Aye. WHen calling someone ... (Below threshold)
Ryan M.:

Aye. WHen calling someone an idiot it might be best to ascertain that you, yourself, can read a calendar. And why is even 18 months acceptable?

1) This story is a grand op... (Below threshold)
Eric:

1) This story is a grand opportunity to investigate political corruption. How much waiver recipients donate to Pelosi? What contact has Pelosi had with any of these companies? What was the justification for the waivers? What other companies had similar justification but were denied and why were they denied?

2) I think the waiver issue should be examined by the courts under the 14th Amendment's, Equal Protection of the Laws language. If politically connected organizations are getting waivers and others are not, then the law is not being applied equally.

.... Cronyism in Action ...... (Below threshold)

.... Cronyism in Action ....

Put an adjective in from of Capitalism and you may call the result anything you like -- EXCEPT CAPITALISM!

Just as there is no little bit pregnant, little bit dead, slightly evil Good nor blackened "white -- nor is there any corrupted Capitalism!

And nor in any case would such fascists as Mz Pelosi even know a Capitalist if one sat down next to her!

an adjective in front of</p... (Below threshold)

an adjective in front of

Brian,Including "u... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

Brian,

Including "unrestrained"?

Brian,Does your re... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

Brian,

Does your rejection of adjectives modifying Capitalism include "unrestrained"?

Of course the waiver has an... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Of course the waiver has an expiration! Are you people really that stupid to think that obama would give anyone a permanent waiver for anything? These waivers have an expiration to make sure that you have to keep going back to the government, hat in hand, to persuade hem to renew your waiver.

The waivers have expirations so the obama admin can get MORE graft and payoffs from the people seeking them. What kind of idiot thinks that the fact that the waivers have expirations means that no compensation is being asked for or offered?




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