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When I chose the latest massive Obamacare wavier dump as the main topic of today’s Clearing the Browser Tabs post, I didn’t take a close look at the list of companies and groups that got a Get Out of Stifling Bureaucracy Free card. Matthew Boyle at The Daily  Caller, however, did and he found something veeeeery interesting:

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.


Pelosi’s district secured almost 20 percent of the latest issuance of waivers nationwide, and the companies that won them didn’t have much in common with companies throughout the rest of the country that have received waivers.

What sets these 38 waivers apart from the rest, aside from their existence in Nancy Pelosi’s feifdom, is that they aren’t financial institutions, health care providers, or labor unions (the groups that have usually benefitted from the administration’s favor). These groups are high-dollar restaurants and hotels in which you and I likely couldn’t stay unless we robbed a bank or sold a couple internal organs.

Oddly enough, none of the companies the Daily Caller contacted for comment were willing to explain why they needed a waiver from a health care law their representative to Congress forced upon them before any of them had time to read it. Nevertheless, these are the places with money in Pelosi’s district and I’m posititive that some of them have hosted fundraisers. I imagine a little digging would find just how many of these businesses have owners or management on Pelosi’s donor list.

Maybe she could show some of that often-promised transparency and show us just how these waivers came about.

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2 Responses to “Tar and Feathers Alert: It’s Good to Have A Friend Named Pelosi”

  1. Warren Beatty says:

    Can anyone say "Payback?"

  2. [...] Free card to almost 40 businesses in Nancy Pelosi’s home district. The waivers were, as I wrote yesterday, the first given to businesses or groups that weren’t of a few very particular types (which [...]

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