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  • Pelosi's District Scores Big With Obamacare Waivers

    When Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said of Obamacare, “[W]e have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it,” apparently she meant that it would include pain and suffering for America’s businesses, except for those fortunate enough to get waivers, including a few high-class restaurants, night clubs and hotels that reside in her congressional district. Matthew Boyle at The Daily Caller reports:

    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.

    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.

    Boyle writes that the establishments in Pelosi’s district stand apart from other recipients of waivers, like labor union chapters, large corporations, financial firms and local governments:

    For instance, Boboquivari’s restaurant in Pelosi’s district in San Francisco got a waiver from Obamacare. Boboquivari’s advertises $59 porterhouse steaks, $39 filet mignons and $35 crab dinners.

    Then, there’s Café des Amis, which describes its eating experience as “a timeless Parisian style brasserie” which is “located on one of San Francisco’s premier shopping and strolling boulevards, Union Street,” according to the restaurant’s Web site.

    As sensational and / or ironic as it is that businesses in Pelosi’s district would be granted 20 percent of the latest round of waivers from the health care law that Pelosi fought so hard for, it’s not the first time waivers have been granted. The Heritage Foundation’s Kathryn Nix writes that as of March, “over 1,000 companies, covering nearly 2.4 million employees, have been granted waivers to escape the burdensome requirements of Obamacare.” Nix explains why companies are seeking the waivers:

    Obamacare forbids insurers from placing annual and lifetime limits on health plans. These “consumer protections” have endangered the limited coverage plans that some employers currently offer. Unable to provide more comprehensive coverage, those employers would be forced to drop coverage altogether if they abide by the new law. To avoid this consequence of the new law, employers are flocking to secure the waivers offered by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to keep their employees covered.

    In testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Heritage’s Ed Haislmaier called into question the legality and fairness of the waiver process, which has led to a system that is based not on “the rule of law” but rather on “the rule of ‘who you know.’” His recommendation? Congress should instruct HHS to eliminate the waiver program altogether.

    Click here to read more about Obamacare waivers, their legality and the transparency of the waiver process.

    What do you think of this story? Join in the conversation with a comment below!

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    8 Responses to Pelosi's District Scores Big With Obamacare Waivers

    1. A Conservative Teach says:

      On my blog, I wrote about something similar- I went through all the private companies and searched who their CEO's were donating money to, and found a lot of it was going to Obama!

    2. Ray in NC says:

      Got to love it! it's called JUST US! We will never see complete JUSTICE again in the USA

    3. Steve Simitzis, San says:

      San Francisco has a single payer system called Healthy SF, and employees in the service industry (restaurants, hotels, etc.) are its main users. To my knowledge, no other city in the country has a similar system. So, that's your reason. We get waivers because we've had something else already in place.

      Don't like the idea of different regions and different businesses getting different treatment? Congratulations, you might be a liberal. Medicare-for-all is the solution.

    4. Rebecca, Oxford says:

      According to the lead article at thehill, (HHS: Pelosi had no influence on healthcare waivers to her district), "More than 90 percent of the waiver requests have been approved, according to HHS."

      That's more than 90% of nearly 1400 waiver requests processed thru May. If the memo gets out to more than those in pet districts, there is going to be a FLOOD of work for corporate attorneys.

      But seriously, if that's the case, wouldn't it be more efficient to replace waivers with enrollment forms for employers that WANT to be included in Health Reform and give everyone else an automatic pass?

    5. Paul Heuermann, Texa says:

      Just what does "universal" coverage mean? If mandatory health coverage is to be "universal" there should be NO waivers granted. Wish I had a well connected friend!

    6. George Colgrove, VA says:

      I've been saying it all along, this is the true purpose of the federal workforce – to implement and do the wishes of the winning politcal party – all the while using our tax dollars.

      The cost of the federal government should be collected by all Americans and the proceeds should be applied equally to ALL Americans. Those who know the constitution and know the back ground of the "general welfare" clause means will attest that the founders felt EVERYTHING the federal government did, had to do with the general welfare of all people, not to just a few.

      Headlined in the Drudge Report Yesterday that these waivers also included the entire state of Nevada – here's one for you Reid!

      We need to shrink the size/scope and cost of governemnt for more reasons beyond the national debt. We need to get rid of the polluted political nature of these departments. We are now required to spend $50 for a light bulb. GE donates millions to corrupt politicians and the DoEn who takes their marching orders from the White House implements the regulations requiring us to buy the bulbs.

      I do not care if it is this health care debolical or light bulbs, the federal government is at war with America and each and every federal worker is a soldier on that front (at the very least by not rising up with us Americans against what they are implementing against us.)

      We need to keep pounding our desires to shrink the federal government to a body that has no domestic powers (as intended by the constitution).

      If Obama has done one thing, he exposed the true nature of the federal workforce, departments, agencies and programs. They are not really out there to help us and give aid to us. Think about the things we need to endure since Obama has got into office (and some of this stuff was being done lightly under Bush)

      - TSA Patdowns and DNA mangling machines

      - Obamacare – and it is not impleented yet!

      - Trillion dollar deficits and a $14.3 trillion debt.

      - Proposed Miliage tax

      - Less transparancy – called the most secret government ever.

      - Loss of global presence

      - Gasoline over $4.00 with no end in sight

      - Reduced oil production

      - over 20 million people out of work

      - over 20% of homes underwater

      - 13% home vacant

      - household incomes dropping by 23%

      - and so on. . .

      Is this really something we want to continue to support?

    7. Jax Tico says:

      And Pinhead Pelosi said: "“It is pathetic that there are those who would be cheering for Americans to lose their minimum health coverage or see their premiums increase for political purposes. These waivers are reviewed and granted solely by the Administration in an open and transparent process so workers currently enrolled in ‘mini-med’ policies like those in San Francisco and across the country will not be punished and lose the minimum coverage they already have. These waivers will be eliminated in 2014 when Americans will have an opportunity to shop for affordable coverage on the health exchanges and will no longer be at the mercy of insurance companies placing coverage limits on policies.

      The complaints coming from this crowd that supports ending Medicare is just another example of putting politics first.”

      Here clearly she and her staff who put out the statement and admit that those of us who are stuck with this obamanation crap are, in her words, going to lose our minimum health coverage or see our premiums increase.

      We read it before you did weird nancy, and we didn't like it then and we don't like it still. We tried to tell you, but you had to have that photo op with your cartoon sized gavel and your fellow slave holders walking beside you. Historic!

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