From a memory deficient Politico:
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Weiner: Waiver might work for N.Y.
By Kate Nocera
March 23, 2011
Rep. Anthony Weiner said Wednesday he was looking into how a health law waiver might work for New York City.
Weiner, who is likely to run for mayor of New York, said that because of the city’s special health care infrastructure, his office was looking into alternatives that might make more sense.
Mr. Weiner should stick to trying to rid New York City of its “sexist” statues.
(By the way, the prospect of a Mayor Weiner is probably the only thing that could make us vote for Mr. Bloomberg for yet another illegal term.)
Weiner is one of the health care law’s biggest supporters; during the debate leading up to reform, he was one of the last holdouts in Congress for the public option.
How forgetful of the Politico to leave his role in Obama-care at that. Since they themselves reported back in September of 2009 how Mr. Weiner claimed to have written the healthcare reform bill himself.
(See the video clip above, where Mr. Weiner proudly proclaims, “I wrote the bill.” And “the bill and I are one.”)
“The president said, ‘If you have better ideas that can accomplish the same thing, go for it,’” said Weiner. “I’m in the process now of trying to see if we can take [President Barack Obama] up on it in the city of New York, …and I’m taking a look at all of the money we spend in Medicaid and Medicare and maybe New York City can come up with a better plan.”
New York is one of two states that pass on Medicaid expenses to cities and localities, so “the city winds up having an enormous Medicaid expense,” Weiner said.
The congressman was trying to debunk Republican “myths” about the health care law during a speech at the Center for American Progress.
The Democrats always let their hair down when they think they are among friends. And of course the Center For American Progress is the radical left Soros funded ‘think tank’ that helped give us Obama-care, and indeed, Obama. (As well as such things as Media Matters.)
He used the waivers as way to describe how flexible the law actually is and how “this notion that the government is shoving the bill down people’s throats” is not true.
“The administration needs to make this argument more forcefully,” he said. “A lot of people who got waivers were… people who are our friends.”
Which is exactly how ‘laws’ in third world banana republics always work.
The New York Democrat said that he does not have the power to get the city to apply for a waiver but that he is “personally looking at whether he can make the numbers work.”
“We in New York already have hospitals, we already employ doctors and we employ nurses. We have a lot of uninsured people… [Setting up] the exchanges is the one piece of the puzzle that would be difficult for us to do,” he said. “I’m just looking internally to whether the city can save money and have more control over its own destiny.”…
Why should New York be allowed to do that when others aren’t? And why didn’t Mr. Weiner think of this when he was writing the law?
It’s no wonder that some people call Democrats like Anthony Weiner two-faced hypocrites – and worse.