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Want To Opt Out Of Obamacare? Try Nancy Pelosi’s District **OPEN THREAD** UPDATED

Update below the fold.

I am sure this will be a shock to you, but fully 20% of Obamacare waivers are in Nancy Pelosi’s district. (Okay, I cannot restrain myself – how much does it look like Obama is telling Nancy, “don’t you worry, sweetie, I will always love you” or something along those lines? Feel free to add your own caption below.)

You are just not going to believe this. Well, maybe you would, but it is just a tad aggravating, as 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.

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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Other common waiver recipients were labor union chapters, large corporations, financial firms and local governments. But Pelosi’s district’s waivers are the first major examples of luxurious, gourmet restaurants and hotels getting a year-long pass from Obamacare.

Gee, aren’t you also surprised to learn that union chapters were also getting waivers? Oh, I am so sure.

But allow me to give you a glimpse into the kinds of restaurants these are in Former Speaker Pelosi’s district getting waivers:

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.

“Bacchus Management Group, in partnership with Perry Butler, is bringing you that same warm, inviting feeling, with a distinctive San Francisco spin,” the Web site reads. Somehow, though, the San Francisco upper class eatery earned itself a waiver from Obamacare because it apparently cost them too much to meet the law’s first year requirements.

The reason the Obama administration says it has given out waivers is to exempt certain companies or policyholders from “annual limit requirements.” The applications for the waivers are “reviewed on a case by case basis by department officials who look at a series of factors including whether or not a premium increase is large or if a significant number of enrollees would lose access to their current plan because the coverage would not be offered in the absence of a waiver.” The waivers don’t allow a company to permanently refrain from implementing Obamacare’s stipulations, but companies can reapply for waivers annually through 2014. [snip] (Click here to read the rest of this story.)

Not to be too cynical or anything (!), but sure seems like a bit of a payback for Pelosi shoving through this monstrosity of a bill. But that’s just a guess on my part.

And if THESE companies are struggling to pay for Obamacare with their high dollar menu, what does this administration think is going to happen with small business owners who AREN’T charging comparable rates for comparable services? Will they, too, get waivers? I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one, if I were them. Well, unless they happen to be in Nancy’s district, and likely a place she frequents (okay, I made that up, but c’mon, it’s pretty likely, isn’t it, that she patronizes the restaurants mentioned above? I think so.), otherwise,t hey are just SOL.

Just like the rest of us are.

Once again, this is a glaring example of just how much this is less about the people of this country, and more about political payback. All I can say is I hope the courts do the right thing for US and rule this new law un-Constitutional.

Caption time – what is Obama saying to Pelosi? And consider this an Open Thread. Feel free to talk abt the Govinator’s love child, why this IMF chairman, Dominque Strauss-Kahn still has his job after raping someone but Wolfowitz lost his for a consensual relationship, or Trump, Obama’s bin Laden bounce already bouncing away, or whoever/whatever is on your mind…

UPDATE: I advise you to not be drinking anything when you read this. Ready? Okay – so, HHS is claiming that Pelosi had NOTHING to do with the 20% of waivers granted in April going to HER district. Nope, zippo, zilch, nada, the big donut hole. Huh uh, nothing at all. Oh, you believe them, don’t you? After all, they’re the government – they wouldn’t lie to you, would they?! Wow…

  • Hokma

    Obama’s speech, as expected, was a way for him to catch-up-to-events and make him appear to be at the center of what has been going on. He invoked his Cairo speech to try and make it the trigger that inspired these uprisings.

    What he does not realize is that all Arab leaders have no respect for him and just laugh at any threats or demands he makes.

    Events in the Middle East have been beyond his control or understanding.

  • Hokma

    Netanhayu is not the only one fuming. Most Jewish Democrat donors will either be giving to any Republican or will sit out the 2012 election.

    Obama is playing his slight-of-hand trick of trying to appear to be a supporter of Israel when he fact he, like Jemeriah Wright, has no use for the country and sees it as an impediment.

    Netanyahu has been carefully and skillfully playing Obama – waiting and hoping that he will only be there for one term.

    Now imagine if this was an Obama who was already re-elected and had no need for Jews anymore for elections. His gloves would be off and demanding that Israel withdraw before any discussion of security.

  • kinthenorthwest

    Good Article
    A QUESTION OF ELIGIBILITY
    White House panic: Corsi book targetedFight the Smears’ 2.0 launched, mocks No. 1 best-seller as delusional ‘joke’

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=300389

  • kinthenorthwest

    Hey look at what he has done to Texas…ignored their wild fire crisis just because of the governor and a reporter I bet…

  • kinthenorthwest

    hey look at the Smiley face in the signature of the State Registar..LOL.
    Its in the first letter of his signature so why would there be extra ink marks…

  • FLDemFem

    He should keep up with the news. The Danes, you remember them, little Scandinavian country, big on sea going stuff for centuries…the Danes took out the pirate mother ship on May 15, a couple of days before Obama made his little joke. Only the Danes weren’t joking, they meant business and killed several pirates as well as freeing 28 Iranian hostages. Skol, baby!!!(should be a little circle over the “o” in skol)

  • oowawa

    And so now we have the Thee One’s official position: a separate Palistinian state with boundaries back to the 1967 war.   Even if Israel were inclined to agree to such a thing, Obama just took away their bargaining chip and claimed it as His Own for His Greater Glory.  Netanyahu has got to be fuming.

  • BINKY

    I believe Beck needs to be taken more seriously.  He’s been right about so many things.  Everytime I watch his show, I find myself wishing that it was required listening/watching for every idiot in this country.  For example, how many people know about the anti-American curriculum taking place in Arizona High Schools (Tuscon specifically) under the blanket of cultural studies?  To see the high school students spewing their hate is disheartening and scary.  Glenn told his audience about the inflation that was coming and urged us to stock up, and now he’s raising the flag about light bulbs.  I was willing to switch to energy-saving light bulbs only to find out the damn things have mercury in them.  We need to stop the government from passing these kinds of laws and let the market place decide which light bulbs will be purchased.  Pray God more Tea Party candidates get elected in 2012 and more Progressive Dems get sent home!

  • Breeze

    Obama Challenges Syria’s Assad to Lead
    Transition or ‘Get Out of the Way’

    Fox News &
    Associated Press,
    by Staff   

    Original Article

    5/19/2011

    President Obama, delivering his first major address tackling the uprisings in the Middle East, offered an ultimatum to Syrian President Bashar Assad, telling him to either support a democratic transition or “get out of the way.” Speaking at the State Department, the president sought Thursday to squarely align the U.S. with the ambitions of protesters pushing for economic and political reform. He specifically called out Assad, whose regime has killed hundreds in an effort to quell the unrest in Syria. Obama said the regime must stop shooting and arresting its people.