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Waivers and Favors

Recorded on May 17, 2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

There's a new angle of favoritism in granting waivers from the first stages of Obamacare.

Originally, over 1,000 waivers went disproportionately to labor unions that are political allies of the President. They complained that the new law's requirements are so expensive that they shouldn't have to comply, at least not yet.

Now 200 more waivers have been granted, and one-fifth of them have gone to businesses in a single Congressional district, represented by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. There are 435 congressional districts, so it's suspicious when just one is singled out for special treatment, especially because so many of these waivers went to fancy restaurants and nightclubs.

Like too many things in this Administration, Obamacare was designed to give a lot of leeway to bureaucrats. That invites not just favoritism, but cronyism as well.

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.