Political Cronyism: Pelosi's District Gets 20% of Obamacare Waivers

I once taught a college course on Third World economic and political development. I used to teach my students that one of the attributes of “developing countries” (academic euphemism for the impoverished Third World) is the corrupt politics of patronage or “patron-client relations,” where politicians would dispense jobs and favors in return for votes.
Using that as a defining indicator, America has become a Third World country.
In addition to the hundreds of waivers from Obamacare which we already know, add this doozy:

Nearly 20% of new Obamacare waivers are gourmet restaurants, nightclubs, fancy hotels in former Speaker of the House Democratic Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s district in San Francisco.

Please remember that this is the same corrupt Obamacare “heath care” law that RINO Newt Gingrich wants to retain.

Matthew Boyle reports for the DailyCaller.com:

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.
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 Obamacare waivers.
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.
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.
Café Mason, a diner near San Francisco’s Union Square, got a waiver too. When The Daily Caller asked the manager about the waiver and how the president’s new sweeping federal health care law was affecting his restaurant, he hung up the phone. The Franciscan Crab restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco got a waiver. Its menu features entrees ranging from about $15 to $60. The Franciscan’s general manager didn’t return TheDC’s requests for comment.
Four-star hotel Campton Place got one too, as did Hotel Nikko San Francisco, which describes itself as “four-diamond luxury in the heart of the city.” Tru Spa, which Allure Magazine rated the “best day spa in San Francisco,” received an Obamacare waiver as well.
Before hanging up on TheDC, Tru Spa’s owner said new government health care regulations, both the federal-level Obamacare and new local laws in Northern California, have “devastated” the business. “It’s been bad for us,” he said, without divulging his name, referring to the new health care restrictions.
But, the spa owner wouldn’t talk about it or the reason his company sought a waiver. He hung up after saying, “I’ve got clients on the other line, good-bye.”
San Francisco Honda, which has two of its three locations in Pelosi’s district, and San Francisco’s Royal Motors Group both got waivers too. Neither called TheDC back.
Blue & Gold Fleet, which describes itself as “the Bay Area’s premier provider of Bay Cruise, Ferry Service and Motorcoach Tours,” got an Obamacare waiver approved in April. The tour service company didn’t return TheDC’s requests for comment.
Nightclub Infusion Lounge got an Obamacare waiver approved in April too. Infusion Lounge calls itself a “sophisticated nightlife destination” with “Asian inspired sub-rosa lounge, fashioned by Hong Kong’s hottest designer, Kinney Chan,” which makes for a “true ultra lounge catering to both dancing hipsters and young professionals looking to relax in style.” Infusion Lounge’s owners didn’t return TheDC’s requests for comment either.
Simco Restaurants and several other affiliated chains based in the area got waivers for their businesses as well. For example, Gordon Yoshida, the manager of memorabilia store Only in San Francisco, told TheDC that Sandra Fletcher of Simco walked him through the process of getting an Obamacare waiver. Fletcher did not return TheDC’s requests for comment.
Pelosi’s office did not respond to TheDC’s requests for comment either.
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Thomas Morato
Thomas Morato
9 years ago

I guess once it was signed, ole Nancy’s constituents started finding out exactly what was in the bill… and didn’t like it either.

9 years ago

pound Congress to repeal this mess. Pelosi,and the rest of the communists are hoping people will ease up and forget about this. No way. Boehner needs to step down and let someone in the Speaker’s position that will defund this entire mess now. I will not rest until Pelosi is behind bars for the crimes she has committed. Starting with soros on down. D or R,justice is coming.

jerry staley
jerry staley
9 years ago

Why don’t you do a little research before you post this crap???
San Francisco has a mandatory mini-med law which requires coverage of hourly workers. Most all mini-med plans (not just in San Fran) have applied for and received waivers since the plans have restricted benefits which are in violation of Obamacare.
As they say — nothing to see here — except a bullshit, inaccurate internet blog.

9 years ago
Reply to  jerry staley

Guess if this blog is so “inaccurate” you’ll be heading back to Daily Kooks to play with your ilk.
“In violation of Obamacare”? Heck Obamacare is the issue that is in violation. Since when does the federal government get to dictate what I have to purchase from a firm? If Obamacare is so valid, why have over 1,100 waivers been granted? Even when the mini-med plans are to be phased out in 2014?
Get your sources straight…but that must be hard for an Obamabot.

jerry staley
jerry staley
9 years ago

As a follow up :
This story uses as a source the Daily Caller — which is a tabloid internet blog run by Dick Chaney’s former campaign manager.
Do you think that is a reliable source???

9 years ago

ROFL! good job Eowyn,another one bites the dust!