Obamacare Waivers for All the President's Friends

Jenny Erikson

nancy pelosiAnother week, another round of Obamacare waivers. One has to wonder at this point if the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act applies to anyone anymore. It certainly doesn't seem to apply to friends of President Obama.

They’re all getting waivers.

The Obama administration granted 204 new waivers nationwide in April, and almost 20 percent of them went to fancy restaurants and hotels in San Francisco. It's probably a coincidence that San Francisco is former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s district. Ms. Pelosi, along with her Senatorial counterpart Harry Reid, was one of the biggest pushers of Obamacare when the president was trying to get it passed.

The other 80 percent of the waivers went to the usual recipients: labor unions, large corporations, financial firms, and local governments. How nice it must be to be in bed with big government. Sarah Palin had a succinct response to the Pelosi waiver revelation:

“Unflippingbelievable! No, wait, it is believable,” Palin said in an email to TheDC (The Daily Caller). “Seriously, this is corrupt. 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.” 

What about Harry Reid? As it turns out, he got a pretty sweet piece of the pie for himself. He got his entire state of Nevada an Obamacare waiver. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, it would be detrimental for Nevada to abide by certain aspects of the new health care law because it “may lead to the destabilization of the individual market.”

Right. That’s exactly what opponents of Obamacare have been saying since 1993 (back then it was known as HillaryCare). Just because the government mandates health care, it doesn’t mean anyone is going to get better or cheaper care. It’s only going to put needless financial strain on individuals and small businesses in an economy that can’t afford it.

If Obamacare really is as magical as Santa’s insurance plan for his elves, then why are all of President Obama’s friends getting waivers?

Image via Leader Nancy Pelosi/Flickr

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