Waxman cancels obamacare inquisition – Goes after MLB tobacco chewers instead

waxmanApparently Henry Waxman (D-CA) has gotten cold feet about his plan to haul business executives before a congressional inquisition on the effects of obamacare. (more here) He has decided that the truth might be more embarrassing than the news that obamacare will hit most employers hard. (story here)

House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement after House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) canceled a hearing scheduled for next week regarding the new health care law’s impact on our economy and jobs:

“House Democrats canceled this hearing because they don’t want to give America’s employers a forum to tell the public how President Obama’s new health care law is already hurting our economy and hampering job creation.  Chairman Waxman thought he could intimidate businesses into keeping quiet about this new job-killing health care law, but when they called his bluff by continuing to speak out, he chose to pull the plug.

Not to fear, however, Waxman has found another “problem” for congressional inquisitors – the tobacco chewers in Major League Baseball! (story here from Reason Magazine)

After hounding Major League Baseball and its players union over steroids, Congress now wants the sport to ban smokeless tobacco. […]At a hearing Wednesday, House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, and Health Subcommittee chairman Frank Pallone, a New Jersey Democrat, called on baseball and its players to agree to bar major leaguers from using chew, dip or similar products during games. […]

Anna Eshoo, a California Democrat, wondered aloud: “Why don’t they just chew gum if they feel the need to chew something?”

During his opening statement, Waxman said: “We don’t let baseball players go stand out there in the field and drink beer. Major League Baseball won’t allow them to step on the field and smoke cigarettes. So why should they be out there on the field — in sight of all their fans on television and at the ballpark — using smokeless tobacco?”

A noble cause, Henry. Perhaps we, the taxpayers, should be asking you this: “Just where does the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee find the authority to interject in this particular situation? Don’t you have anything better to do?

Ugh. Do we really need people like this in government?


4 Responses to “Waxman cancels obamacare inquisition – Goes after MLB tobacco chewers instead”

  1. I am delighted that I discovered this blog , just the right info that I was searching for! .

  2. I want to be honest here. Does Waxman look like he belongs in Whoville? I think the Grinch looking down from Mount Crumpit, had the same intentions that Waxman has. Take everything and leave nothing.

    This guy is a waste…

  3. […] that makes him believe that the government should be looking up your sphincter at all times – making sure you’re behaving properly? Is it his overriding feeling of superiority? His belief that without the government, we would all […]

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