06/29/2012 12:00 pm ET Updated Jun 30, 2012

Anthony Weiner: 'I Still Have Regrets'

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner admitted Friday that he is still grappling with the consequences of the sex scandal that led to his exit from Congress in disgrace a year ago.

"I still have regrets," he told WNYC's Brian Lehrer. "I paid a very high price, but I'm still committed to the same things I was."

Weiner said his life now is filled with "great, great joy" -- telling Lehrer that he was about to feed his 6-month-old son -- but he still feels "great regret for the people that I let down."

The New York Democrat resigned last summer after a three-week fiasco that started with a risqué photo tweeted to a college student from Washington state. Weiner initially claimed his Twitter account was hacked, but later admitted he had lied and not only was responsible for the inappropriate picture, but also several other online interactions with women who were not his wife.

Before his resignation, Weiner was a leading voice in support of President Barack Obama's health care reform efforts and the resulting Affordable Care Act, the majority of which the Supreme Court upheld on Thursday.

Minutes after the ruling, Wiener reportedly emailed New York Observer blog Politicker with his reaction to the court's decision on the individual mandate to buy health insurance. The subject line: “okay, okay, its a tax! jeez.”

During Friday's WNYC interview, Weiner elaborated on his feelings about the court's decision.

"So you want to call it a tax if [people don't buy health insurance]? Fine," he said. "Whatever you want to call it, I always thought that argument was frankly much ado about little much."



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