Why The Waxman Hearing Was Cancelled

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    Of course, the MSM is not covering this, but some interesting information is coming to light regarding the companies Waxman plan to put through the Health Care Inquisition regarding their accounting treatments.

    Beside avoiding the obvious embarrassment of being lectured about proper GAAP accounting by company executives, the real thing the Dems want to bury is that all four of the companies have internal documents showing that it would be cheaper for them to cancel their employee health care programs, dump employees into the state exchanges, and pay the fines.

    Those of us who are paying attention realize this was the ObamaCare agenda all along. They just don't want their cover blown until it is too late.

    "Turns out ObamaCare means if you like your health plan you can lose it. The president didn't have to actually strong-arm companies into dumping their employee health insurance because his bill carried financial incentives to virtually guarantee that result," Barton said. "But something's very wrong when, like AT&T found out, paying $600 million in penalties will allow you to stop paying $2.4 billion for insurance, leaving both workers and taxpayers stuck. I suppose we can't know for some years how many thousands, hundreds of thousands or even millions of workers will lose their company insurance because of health care reform, but I know that it will be a breach of faith for most of them and a tragedy for some."

    The preliminary investigation by the Republican staff indicates:

    1. "Each of the large employers under investigation warned that health care legislation would trigger reporting requirements (of pending losses) months before passage of the health care law.

    2. "Internal company documents from each large employer under investigation reflect concerns over the health care legislation's new taxes and effect on costs.

    3. "Internal company documents indicate that there will be an incentive to drop employer health care coverage because the cost of providing coverage will be much larger than the penalty imposed by the health care legislation."

    For example, a presentation provided to investigators by AT&T shows that the company could save $1.8 billion annually by dropping coverage for current employees and paying the penalty imposed in the law.

    A copy of the Republican staff memo can be found here.

    The documents from AT&T can be found here.

    The documents from Caterpillar can be found here and here.

    The documents from John Deere & Company can be found here.

    The documents from Verizon can be found here.


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    (Links at source to PDF docs referred to above.)
     
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    Interesting 2 of those 4 companies got a legislative pardon for illegal release of customer records.
    And Verizons data will change in a few months as they complete the sale of all their landline properties in 10 states.
     
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    How will the sale of the landline companies change anything?
     
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    It won't. He's playing "smoke and mirrors" to attempt a distraction from the fact that all four of these large companies said that it would be in their economic benefit to cancel the plans that Obama claimed employees would be able to keep. And it would be perfectly legal to do so.

    That's how ObamaCare will play out. As intended.
     

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