Anthony Weiner on Health Reform

Friday, June 29, 2012

Rep. Anthony Weiner Rep. Anthony Weiner (Win McNamee/Getty)

When he was in Congress, Anthony Weiner championed progressive health care reform. He reacts to the Supreme Court decision to uphold Obama's Affordable Care Act. This is his first radio interview since resigning office last year amid scandal.


Anthony D. Weiner

Comments [39]

Chuck Sheiko from San Francisco

Go HOME: Congress, and start representing America again. Ignore all the b-stards who haven't been caught yet. You and Spitzer were America's Dreyfuses.

Apr. 10 2013 05:43 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

bernie from bklyn opined:

>nyc needs anthony weiner in congress.
mayoral run?

How 'bout mayor of Intercourse, Pennsylvania?,_Pennsylvania

Jun. 30 2012 07:35 AM
Edward A from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Weiner and Spitzer?

What about Bill Clinton and his cigar humidor?

And Jennifer Flowers, Paula Jones...

Jun. 29 2012 12:54 PM
bernie from bklyn

i don't care if anthony weiner streaks through the halls of congress; he should be representing me and the rest of the consituents in bklyn & queens in the House. i would vote for him again in a second... his actions and the scandal that followed are so childish and inconsequential. nyc needs anthony weiner in congress.
mayoral run?

Jun. 29 2012 11:41 AM
clive betters

why do republicans, always get a free get out of jail redemption card, that never has an expiration date. it's, "come to jesus",and all is forgiven and forgotten. yet democrats,never seem to get the same consideration,for so called "sexual misgivings"?

Jun. 29 2012 11:15 AM

Have republicans gone so far round the bend that The Heritage Foundation is now considered a left-wing think tank?

Since when is forcing people to subsidize private corps an idea of the left? It's closer to fascism than socialism.

I don't doubt some democratic think tanks went along with the right-wingers idea, but that's because both sides are funded by corporations, which is the central point that tea-partiers genuinely don't understand and republicans in office pretend not to understand.

Jun. 29 2012 11:13 AM
Edward from NJ

The headline that WNYC News is running with: "Disgraced Ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner: 'I Still Have Regrets'"

Jun. 29 2012 11:06 AM
Calls'em from Great Smokey Mountains

The 0bamaCare bill was written by leftist think tanks that had been working on this issue for 30 years. Last minute deals were worked out by the usual suspects, but 95% of the bill was whole cloth by leftists pushing for the fully socialized medicine that Weiner & 0bama crave. There are a 1000 things in the 2700 pages that you libs will not like. It is incredibly intrusive and violates your privacy rights vis a vie your medical records and financial resources. There will be less health care for all, with lower quality and higher cost if this monstrosity stands. It will be repealed and replaced. Thank God NY, LA, SF, Chi & Det. are only small and noisome parts of America.

Jun. 29 2012 11:03 AM

Repulicans resign after scandals? Like diaper boy David Vitter, who was doing exactly what he condemned others for, unlike the dem pols you named, or Larry Craig.

Plus there's virtually the entire Bush administration which did things like lie us into war, funnel tax payer dollars to their cronies while providing lousy service to the troops they claim to venerate and promoting torture. They're all so shy.

Jun. 29 2012 11:02 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I first heard of "user fees" during the Reagan administration, when they needed something to call the 1st taxes they tried to impose (something to do w/highways, I think) after having said all taxes are bad.

Jun. 29 2012 10:55 AM
Calls'em from Great Smokey Mountains

Joke of the day and a new low - having Tony Weiner back on the air. Really Brian? That was nice of you in way to Tony, but not nice to your listeners. What's next having Bernie Madoff on from prison to discuss investment strategies? And BTW - while the "sexting" sunk Weiner, the man was wasting public time and money using his office, the congressional gym and other places for his follies. Are there no standards anymore? The Republicans have goof-balls, too, but they resign and are never heard from again. Democrats are willing to endure anything from their pols - Ted Kennedy - murder and misogyny, Rangel - theft of services and tax evasion, Barney Frank - running a prostitution ring from his apt. ... the list goes on and on and even now local Dems go to jail every year and nothing changes, so why re-elect the same bunch of bananas? Have a nice day and a great 4th of July weekend. May God Bless America - even those lost souls that don't believe in God or America.

Jun. 29 2012 10:52 AM

a) It was written by insurance companies in back-room deals. Left wingers want single payer and Obama wouldn't even throw the left the bone of a public option.

b) Roberts is a corporatist and always ensures corporatists get what they want. Insurance companies love the mandate. If Kennedy had voted the other way Roberts might have voted with the usual 5, but since he didn't Roberts did what he had to do for corporate profits, plus he got a chance to open the door on destroying the commerce clause.

c) The Republican in Congress want the mandate more than the Democrats do. It originated at The Heritage Foundation. They'll talk a good game but won't repeal, they got exactly what they wanted.

Jun. 29 2012 10:48 AM
Calls'em from Great Smokey Mountains

Tony Wiener: (a) didn't write the bill - it was handed to the Dems from a leftist think tank that was working on it (they didn't even read much of it); (b) the Supreme Court decision was probably the worst major decision in decades and while we can understand Roberts trying to defend the institution from ridicule from the regime and the drive by media, his reach is unsupportable on the facts and the law; (c) the decision is subject to revision and collateral attack in the future by both the Sup Ct itself and total replacement by Congress. There are precedents for slavery & segregation - you don't see them standing; (d) the decision has awoken the sleeping giant of the American people and they will not rest until the regime in Wash DC is sent packing on Election Day.

Jun. 29 2012 10:35 AM
SteveH from Manhattan

We need this guy back, he was always awesome fighting for the people in congress.
Everybody makes mistakes and does something they are regretful of. Now he's
putting his family life back together, but needs to be working.

Reality is - No matter what your religion, he's done seriously more good
for the people than a many of those in congress.
NY needs this guy, and more like him!

Jun. 29 2012 10:33 AM

Politicians are people and should be representative of the people

Jun. 29 2012 10:33 AM
Mike from Bronx

I'd like explained the idea underpinning this legislation, that somehow the uninsured are freeriders. I'm uninsured and if I need emergency care, I have to go to the hospital and pay higher fees than insured people because I don't have the bargaining power of insurance companies behind me. The same goes for regular checkups. Doctors and hospitals are not giving out free care to me. I pay and pay more.

Jun. 29 2012 10:30 AM

Would you agree that removing a precancerous mole is cheaper than treating someone with full chemotherapy

Jun. 29 2012 10:29 AM
Robert from NYC

Great to hear Anthony Weiner again. Hope he does come back... and Eliot Spitzer too! Watch Spitzer on Current every night at 8, M-F.

Jun. 29 2012 10:27 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To hjs 11211

But we used to separate porn from politics, but not anymore I guess. Politics and porn are now officially inseparable.

Jun. 29 2012 10:24 AM
Moishe from Brooklyn

Why is Brian giving this man an open soap box? No hard questions about the bill either. This show is slipping in quality.

Jun. 29 2012 10:23 AM

Let he (or she) who is without sin throw the first stone.

Jun. 29 2012 10:22 AM
MikeInBrklyn from Brooklyn, NY

Hey Weiner,

So you are a horny toad. But you are a smart, articulate, well informed progressive public servant. Please come back. The country needs more people like you in congress.

Jun. 29 2012 10:22 AM
Sally from Upper East Side

He's making good points and I agree with most of it. But I caannot listen to the guy without thinking about his penis.

Jun. 29 2012 10:20 AM
Robert from NYC

Exactly, the president didn't call it a tax because the republicans would really have gone off the wall on it as yet another tax. The democrats aren't doing a good job of telling people that we all have to be in it for it to work and that it's lots cheaper than private health insurers who rake in tons of money on refusing certain treatments and meds that goes to their "big shots". They don't get it. How much have payments to Medicare go up since it's inception? How much have payments (fee) to private health insurance companies gone up over the past decade? Think about it. And we've been warned that it will be increasing again by high percentages for 2013.

Jun. 29 2012 10:19 AM

Many men have internet sex.
Porn is the BIGGEST business on the internet (there might be no internet without porn)
Im not sure what all the hate is about
You really think your husbands don’t do it? or by making him go away will stop your man from “playing” on the net?

Jun. 29 2012 10:18 AM
Sharron from Queens

Does this mean if you are not a legal resident who files taxes you can no longer free emergency seek heath-care services? Or do we have a loophole for "freeloaders" as Weiner said?

Jun. 29 2012 10:18 AM
foodaggro from Brooklyn

Why is Brian interviewing, of all people, Anthony Weiner, about the health care reform? Is this a joke? Publicity stunt? Weiner is reasonably articulate, but, "at the end of the day," that won't erase his creepiness.

Jun. 29 2012 10:17 AM
Edward from NJ

Give the guy a break. I think Anthony Weiner should be allowed to appear on talk shows as long as David Vitter is a US Senator.

Jun. 29 2012 10:16 AM
Gary from Queens

There used to be a time when people holding places of privilege and honor would appropriately disappear from public view after they've disgraced themselves and the institutions where they were affiliated with.

Today, they become celebrities. Spitzer wasn't the first.

Used to be celebrities could survive disgrace, until Paris Hilton and Kim Kardasian came along.

Maybe that's why Limbaugh calls Obama, "President Kardasian".

I mean, they all come onto Leno and Letterman routinely to whoop it up, dont they?

And they're all famous for being famous----or infamous. Indeed, Obama became president on WHAT accomplishment? For being black? Or would black people now say he's bi-racial, now that he's no longer held in the esteem he once was?

And what did President Kardasian accomplish for winning the Nobel prize?

The only thing Anthony Weiner wont have to worry about is being mocked by being given a new name. He will always be a weiner in people's mind.

Jun. 29 2012 10:16 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Here's the bottom line: If you are going to give everyone equal health care opportunities, there will be higher costs to do so. Those costs WILL BE PAID by in the form of either higher prices, or higher taxes or higher fees, higher deficits, or higher something. Same goes for education, and for everything else. No free lunch.

Jun. 29 2012 10:16 AM
Jessie from Queens

Why since this bill passed has my insurance bill gone up by double digits 2 years in a row? how is this reducing my cost?

Jun. 29 2012 10:15 AM
john from office

jgarbuz from Queens , you are right!, I await his show on CNN and the editorials in the Times.

Jun. 29 2012 10:13 AM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

Medicare for All! WE may not start there but we will surely end up there. The rest is churning and money hand-offs.

Jun. 29 2012 10:13 AM
Maria L from Brooklyn

why is weiner on? honestly, who really cares what this man thinks? thankfully, he is out of office.

Jun. 29 2012 10:11 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To john of office

Hey, John, c'mon! What did Weiner do except show his covered throbbing penis to impress some women? :) Now what's wrong with that? :) Women often are proud to display their heaving bosoms to impress! C'mon, it's equality under the law.

Jun. 29 2012 10:08 AM
Larry from Williamsburg

I want to see challenges to the Republican view that the law means ruin for health care. Stop asking why they will move to repeal. Ask them why they are lying about the government getting involved in health care decisions and why they are lying about removal of (nonexistant) choice.

Jun. 29 2012 10:02 AM
john from office

Brian, Marion Barry is looking for a show to discuss US drug policy and Civics, I await the show!

Jun. 29 2012 09:55 AM
john from office

Why are you giving this man a soapbox?? Like Spitzer, he is about to go on a re imaging kick. But why your show Brian?? No shame, no remorse, no judgement.

Jun. 29 2012 07:58 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Well, since it's a tax, it only takes 51 votes to repeal. And some states might decide they can't afford the medicaid increase and will opt out, and they can't be penalized for opting out.

Jun. 29 2012 05:50 AM

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