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Tuesday
May172011

Pelosi’s healthcare scandal: Waivers affirm ‘all politics is local’ 

Remember how excited Rep. Nancy Pelosi was after Democrats snuck the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act through the back door? Pelosi made a rambling speech that sounded like something you’d hear at a PTA fundraiser. There’s a priceless moment when amid a sprinkle of giggles,  she quotes a favorite maxim of the late iconic liberal spender Tip O’Neill—“All politics is local.”

Pelosi’s speech is now history, but she surely affirmed O’Neill’s saying because nearly 20 percent of new ObamaCare waivers are chic businesses located in Pelosi’s home district. The Daily Caller did the math: “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.”

Why don’t we just call out PPACA for what it is—a scandal?

The Heritage Foundation reminds us what Pelosi said after she and her fellow leftists passed a very invasive healthcare bill none of them read. She said, “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of controversy.”

Of course there was confusion among all major players in what will eventually be seen as the greatest healthcare swindle of all time, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act most call ObamaCare. Even our president was confused.

Federal Judge Roger Vinson ruled ObamaCare had an unconstitutional mandate. I said that as soon as I finished reading the bill. Vinson used the president’s position to justify the ruling, only he cited Obama as senator. The Washington Times quoted Vinson, “I note that in 2008, then-Senator Obama supported a health care reform proposal that did not include an individual mandate because he was at that time strongly opposed to the idea, stating that, ‘If a mandate was the solution, we can try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody to buy a house.’”

What happened to Obama’s campaign promise?

The US Dept. of Health and Human Services provides a list of PPACA waivers on the government website. Unions and others who supported the bill came knocking on the government door for a bailout of sorts. The list is a de facto wall of shame. It appears those union groups only supported the bill for the rest of us, not for themselves.

Legacy media don’t like to remind the American people we’ve been had. PPACA/ObamaCare is the healthcare scandal of our times and we might as well call it out for what it is.

Hearings should be held to determine why Democrats passed a bill many of us will be harmed by, yet they permitted their cronies in influential districts like Pelosi’s to avoid compliance for years. That is not governance, that is elitist rule. And that is most definitely scandalous.

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(Commentary by Kay B. Day/May 17, 2011)

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