Exclusive: Ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner Applauds Health Care Decision

Friday, June 29, 2012

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) announces his resignation June 16, 2011 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Mario Tama/Getty Images/Getty)

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner applauded the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act in an exclusive interview on Friday.  

Speaking on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show in his first radio interview since his resignation last year, Weiner said he applauded the Supreme Court’s historic decision Thursday to uphold the Affordable Care Act.

“I wanted the law to be upheld,” Weiner said. “This isn’t an academic or political fight. There are literally millions of Americans who I think are going to be living longer and healthier lives because of the law.”

But he stopped short of praising the Supreme Court for making the decision to uphold the health care law, which he said was unquestionably constitutional.

“We should not be cheering that they did they right thing,” he said. “We shouldn’t overlook that they’ve done consistently the wrong thing at every turn over the course of the past seven years.”

The former pol remained mum about whether he’d return to politics but said he paid a “high price” after he confessed last June to sending lewd photos to women online.

“I still have regrets. I paid a very high price, but I’m still committed to the same things I was. And I have a 6-month old that I have to go and feed now.  … As I said when I resigned, I feel great regret for the people I let down,” he told WNYC.

The married new father, who led the charge on progressive health care reform while in office, resigned shortly after confessing to sending the photos that he initially brushed off as a “prank.” He is married to senior Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin.



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Comments [8]

bocheball from nyc

I would like to see Weiner get back in politics. He's smart, liberal, and aggressive. Whether he'd run for mayor or any other position I'll vote for him. His 'infractions' were of a personal nature, between him and his wife. He made a poor choice damaging his career, although I find the consequences totally out of line with what he did. When did texting a photo of yourself to an adult constitute a crime, moral or otherwise?

Just last night Jason Kidd, a basketball player got into a car stone drunk and crashed, fortunately he only injured himself. Yet, he'll get some token fine and be back on the court asap. Why are athletes held to a different standard?
Dumb question-Answer is $$$$$$$$$, always the bottom line in America.

Jul. 16 2012 05:57 PM
Milos from Queens, NY

This interview with Weiner reminded me how much I really liked the guy's politics and how disgusted I was with him for blowing his political career when we needed his voice in Congress. His discussion today about the health care bill was articulate, clear and opinionated in all the right ways. He's the unusual politician who can look at all points of view and still take a stand, knowing nothing is perfect but that some approaches are still better than others.

Eliot Spitzer is back in the public eye and his "sins" were worse and more hypocritical than Weiner's. I'd like to see Weiner return to politics. I would vote for him.

Jun. 29 2012 10:24 PM

I'm still very angry at Anthony Weiner, whom I voted for ,and who actually had a chance to remove Clarence Thomas from the SCOTUS and blew it all for stupid sophomoric sex photos.

I liked his politics, but I won't invest in him again, and I don't think WNYC should either.

Jun. 29 2012 07:05 PM

Really? That's the headline you go with? I understand why Brian felt the need to bring it up briefly at the end of the interview -- how could he not? -- but to write a headline like that, and use it as a hook to bring traffic from Facebook and wherever else it's posted is really misleading and shameful.

Jun. 29 2012 12:08 PM

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 12:02 PM
Erik S Frampton

Anthony Weiner is one of my greatest dissapointments. Not because he fell victim to his own fetish for sharing, but because we as a culture cannot stomach personal flaws in public positions. And because he was a REAL PROGRESSIVE. He had followers, listeners, believers, and helped move America forward. He marched the Gay Parade when no one else was brave enough to reach out. He gave a voice to those who are so often silenced by more powerful interests. I hope that his failure to launch does not haunt him for long. We need his voice in politics, we need his passion in policy. I wish him well, and do not judge his sharing.

Jun. 29 2012 12:00 PM
Amy from brooklyn

This is a really misleading and sensationalist headline. The interview was a very substantive discussion of the healthcare bill and what it means going forward - it was only at the very end that Brian made Anthony say something about his "disgrace." Which was totally unnecessary / irrelevant.

Jun. 29 2012 11:39 AM
Susan R from West Village

He was an effective and much-admired Congressman, and I hope he'll return to public life.

So much opprobrium was heaped on Anthony Weiner for what was a very personal stupidity while the truly monumental crimes of the financial industry are rewarded with impunity and a more-or-less respectful reception in Congress. We need straight-talking representatives like Anthony Weiner to fight that reality.

Jun. 29 2012 11:11 AM

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