Rep. Anthony Weiner said Wednesday he was looking into how a health law waiver might work for New York City
Weiner, who is likely to run for mayor of New York
, said that because of the city’s special health care infrastructure, his office was looking into alternatives
that might make more sense. Weiner is one of the health care law’s biggest supporters; during the debate leading up to reform, he was one of the last holdouts in Congress for the public option
“I’m in the process now of trying to see if we can take [President Barack Obama] up on it in the city of New York, … and I’m taking a look at all of the money we spend in Medicaid and Medicare
and maybe New York City can come up with a better plan.” “A lot of people who got waivers were … people who are our friends
“We in New York already have hospitals, we already employ doctors and we employ nurses. We have a lot of uninsured people. … [Setting up] the exchanges is the one piece of the puzzle that would be difficult for us to do
,” he said. “I’m just looking internally to see whether the city can save money and have more control over its own destiny.