If you thought Bart Stupak’s venality was limited to selling his vote, think again. He is also tag-teaming with Henry Waxman to intimidate corporate CEOs into silence about the costs of Obamacare.
AT&T, Caterpillar, Deere & Co. and other firms have announced plans to write down their earnings estimates to reflect the impact Obamacare will have on their long-term health and tax liabilities.
On top of AT&T’s $1 billion, the writedown wave so far includes Deere & Co., $150 million; Caterpillar, $100 million; AK Steel, $31 million; 3M, $90 million; and Valero Energy, up to $20 million. Verizon has also warned its employees about its new higher health-care costs.
Stupak and his accomplices are, of course, anxious to hide the real costs of Obamacare from the public and are thus very unhappy that the people who run these companies are telling the truth.
So, they have fired off nastygrams to a number of CEOs demanding all manner of proprietary documents and ordering them to appear before a congressional hearing held by (guess who):
The lawmakers requested the executives appear at hearing Stupak plans on April 21.
Stupak chairs the investigative subcommittee of Waxman’s Energy and Commerce Committee and you can bet he’ll use this power to silence these CEOs and anyone else who dares speak the truth about Obamacare.
Thus we find that Bart Stupak, ostensible paragon of virtue and man of concience, is not only a quisling and a fraud—-he is one of Obama’s most heavy-handed enforcers. Behold the ”principled” Democrat.
Michelle Malkin has a good column today about the ongoing attempt to intimidate CEOs into silence on the true costs of Obamacare:
Who’s next? On Monday, Prudential said it would take a $100 million charge in the first quarter thanks to Demcare. In Colorado, the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. said the health care law will cost $2 million a year starting in 2014. AK Steel Corp., 3M and Valero Energy have all announced similar writedowns.
First, the Dems pass a bill about whose costs and contents they have consistently lied, then they punish anyone who tells the truth.
This, my friends, is not “the change we need.”