Ah, could it be? Pelosi's district gets 20% of Obamacare waivers? But but she's 1 out of 435.

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    May 17, 2011 2:51 PM GMT
    How could 20% be in her district?

    [url]http://dailycaller.com/2011/05/17/nearly-20-percent-of-new-obamacare-waivers-are-gourmet-restaurants-nightclubs-fancy-hotels-in-nancy-pelosi%E2%80%99s-district[/url]
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    May 17, 2011 3:06 PM GMT
    OneGeezer saidHow could 20% be in her district?

    [url]http://dailycaller.com/2011/05/17/nearly-20-percent-of-new-obamacare-waivers-are-gourmet-restaurants-nightclubs-fancy-hotels-in-nancy-pelosi%E2%80%99s-district/[/url]


    Personally I don't really understand how there remain those who defend Obamacare on this basis. If it's so great, why are there are some selected firms able to weasel out of the bill?

    And this is particularly damaging - from the article:
    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.
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    May 17, 2011 4:32 PM GMT
    But wasn't dear old Nancy Pelosi the congressman and speaker who was so determined to shove Obamacare down our collective throats. Very strange then that 20% of the waivers would go to her district. And where is Chrissy to call us racists for even raising the question?
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    May 17, 2011 5:02 PM GMT
    Welcome to politics boys, enjoy your stay.
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    May 17, 2011 5:15 PM GMT
    If this is true and given that SF is about 90% Democrats, I wonder how many of the waivers went to gay establishments, which you could presume to be 99.999999999999% Democrat? And would these fine folks who asked for waivers ‘because it is bad for business’ be the same folks who have excoriated us Republicans for opposing Obamacare? It couldn’t be, could it?

    Can anyone pull up a list of the “fancy, hip, and decadent” establishments? Any names that anyone recognizes?
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    May 17, 2011 5:35 PM GMT
    Did you read page two? There's more. And evidentially there’s a list out there somewhere. It would be really really cool to compare this list with campaign contributions. icon_wink.gif
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    May 17, 2011 10:05 PM GMT
    And now Nevada? But ... but .... isn't the Democrat Majority leader of the senate, Harry Reed, from Nevada? But wasn't he just as strong of a proponent of Obamacare as Nancy Pelosi? Shame shame. If it’s good enough to shove down the rest of our throats, why not their own?

    http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/may/16/nevada-secures-partial-waiver-federal-health-care-/
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    May 17, 2011 11:07 PM GMT
    Just as the liberals like to say, "Their silence in this thread is deafening". As they say, "Isn't health care reform wonderful..............for others! icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 18, 2011 1:25 PM GMT
    Bill O’Reilly and John Stossel did a segment on this last night. Very strange coincidence and now we have similar in Nevada. Even stranger that we haven’t had Chrissy in here calling us racists!
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    May 18, 2011 1:33 PM GMT
    Or, it could be that we've read the news and know that this is a non-story that you're all hyperventilating about:

    QUOTE AUTHOR GOES HEREBusiness, not Pelosi, asked for waivers

    By Mike Lillis and Julian Pecquet

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had no influence on the healthcare waivers granted last month to a long list of businesses in her district, according to the company that managed the applications.

    Republican leaders on and off Capitol Hill had slammed the Obama administration for granting a growing number of healthcare reform waivers to constituents of the top House Democrat, suggesting they received special treatment.

    But Hilarie Aitken, co-owner of Flex-Plan Services, Inc., which filed the waiver applications on behalf of dozens of businesses, said that’s simply not the case.

    “It had nothing to do with Nancy Pelosi,” Aitken told The Hill, “and it's really unfortunate that this has turned into such a political story.

    “I usually vote Republican,” Aitken added, “and I'm a little bit ashamed at where the Republicans have taken this.”


    Earlier on Tuesday, Jim Aitken, another co-owner of Flex-Plan Services, told The Hill that the company had never filed any waiver applications to the Department of Health and Human Services. Hilarie Aitken, his niece, corrected the story later in the day.

    Steve Larsen, director of the department’s Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, also said Pelosi had no influence in the decision and that the San Francisco businesses were given no special treatment.

    “These temporary waivers are necessary to help ensure that the waiters, dishwashers, maids, home health aides, and other hardworking people can keep the health coverage they have, while we transition to 2014, when they will have access to affordable coverage in a competitive marketplace,” Larsen told The Hill in an email.

    “HHS applied the same standard to the application from Flex Plan Services that it uses when reviewing any application for a temporary waiver."

    The statements from Aitken and HHS follow a Tuesday report in the Daily Caller, a right-leaning news website, indicating that HHS approved 204 new waivers in April, with 38 of those – or roughly 19 percent – going to businesses located in Pelosi’s San Francisco district.

    Republicans – including House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and former-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin – were quick to pounce, suggesting that Pelosi’s constituents were given special treatment.

    “It looks like ObamaCare’s backroom sweetheart deals didn’t end when it became law,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel told the Daily Caller.

    Palin weighed in as well, accusing the Obama administration of corruption for granting the waivers to constituents of a key Democratic ally.

    “Seriously, this is corrupt,” Palin told the Daily Caller. “And anyone who still supports the Pelosi-Reid-Obama agenda of centralized government takeovers of the free market and the corresponding crony capitalism is, in my book, complicit.”

    The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) plans to use the waiver controversy to attack Democratic supporters of healthcare reform on the 2012 campaign trail.

    Republicans played up the news of businesses in Pelosi’s district asking for exemptions to parts of the new healthcare law.

    “Remember when former Speaker Pelosi said we needed to pass the ObamaCare bill to find out what was in it?” Steel told The Hill in an email. “I guess once they found out, the high-end eateries and spas in her Congressional District weren’t big fans.”

    Pelosi’s office also said they had nothing to do with the waivers, and Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami accused the Republicans of exaggerating the story to win political points.

    “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,” Elshami said in an email. “The complaints coming from this crowd that supports ending Medicare is just another example of putting politics first.”

    The Democrats’ new healthcare law prevents health insurers from capping annual benefits, beginning in 2014. The provision is being phased in, with minimum benefits set at $750,000 for 2011.

    The one-year waivers are designed to prevent significant premium increases or an erosion of coverage. Businesses that apply for the waivers are saying they would either have to pass the costs of the premiums on to their customers or drop coverage.

    HHS had approved 1,372 waivers – more than 90 percent of the applications – at the start of May.
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    May 18, 2011 1:35 PM GMT
    OneGeezer saidAnd now Nevada? But ... but .... isn't the Democrat Majority leader of the senate, Harry Reed, from Nevada? But wasn't he just as strong of a proponent of Obamacare as Nancy Pelosi? Shame shame. If it’s good enough to shove down the rest of our throats, why not their own?

    http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/may/16/nevada-secures-partial-waiver-federal-health-care-/



    The Senator for Nevada is Dean Heller - Republican, who is happy with the waiver.

    He said, " “It is becoming increasingly clear how flawed this law really is,” Nevada Sen. Dean Heller said in a statement Monday. “Not only did it cut a half trillion dollars from Medicare, impacting thousands of Nevada’s seniors, now the law would have driven health insurers out of our state if a reprieve had not been granted."

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    May 18, 2011 2:24 PM GMT
    Whether Pelosi was personally involved is not the point. Her influence is what is relevant, along with the need to be free of this law. In another thread some weeks ago, an article was quoted showing union members proportionally over-represented being affected by a waiver.
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    May 18, 2011 2:40 PM GMT
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    OneGeezer saidAnd now Nevada? But ... but .... isn't the Democrat Majority leader of the senate, Harry Reed, from Nevada? But wasn't he just as strong of a proponent of Obamacare as Nancy Pelosi? Shame shame. If it’s good enough to shove down the rest of our throats, why not their own?

    http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/may/16/nevada-secures-partial-waiver-federal-health-care-/



    The Senator for Nevada is Dean Heller - Republican, who is happy with the waiver.

    He said, " “It is becoming increasingly clear how flawed this law really is,” Nevada Sen. Dean Heller said in a statement Monday. “Not only did it cut a half trillion dollars from Medicare, impacting thousands of Nevada’s seniors, now the law would have driven health insurers out of our state if a reprieve had not been granted."



    Sorry, two senator's per state and the other senator is none other than???? Hint, hint ... Senate Majority Leader
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    May 18, 2011 2:48 PM GMT
    Christian73 saidOr, it could be that we've read the news and know that this is a non-story that you're all hyperventilating about:

    QUOTE AUTHOR GOES HEREBusiness, not Pelosi, asked for waivers



    "The one-year waivers are designed to prevent significant premium increases or an erosion of coverage. Businesses that apply for the waivers are saying they would either have to pass the costs of the premiums on to their customers or drop coverage."

    And Chrissy, this is exactly why the law needs to go. We right - wingers are NOT disagreeing with this. And whether Pelosi directly had anything to do with or not is not really the point, however, it is a little strange that such a large number requests have come from a district as leftist as Pelosi's. Even the lefties realize that it’s bad for business, but its plenty fine for the rest of the country.