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  •  A list of companies threatening layoffs (5+ / 0-)

    or who have ALREADY laid workers off, supposedly due to "ObamaCare," for those who wish to boycott them or diary on these, with actions to be taken (I'd love to see this taken up by a FP'er on this site along with an analysis of the scapegoating going on here):

    Red Lobster
    Olive Garden
    LongHorn Steakhouse
    Papa John's Pizza
    Kroger Supermarkets
    JANCOA Janitorial Services
    Smith & Nephew
    Abbott Labs
    Kinetic Concepts
    St. Jude Medical
    Hill Rom
    Dana Holding Corp.
    Welch Allyn
    Boston Scientific

    •  And a bunch more are listed here (5+ / 0-)

      Westinghouse -

      Research in Motion Limited -

      Lightyear Network Solutions -

      • Providence Journal -

      • Hawker Beechcraft -

      • Boeing (30% of their management staff) -

      • CVPH Medical Center -

      • US Cellular -

      • Momentive Performance Materials -

      • Rocketdyne -

      • Brake Parts -

      • Vestas Wind Systems -

      • Husqvarna -

      • Center for Hospice New York -

      • Bristol-Meyers -

      • OCE North America -

      • Darden Restaurants (listed above)

      • United Blood Services Gulf

      Um, guys... this is huge. What can we do?

      Why haven't I read a FP story on this, or any story on this, yet? Did I miss it?

      •  Okay, not all of these from this list (1+ / 0-)
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        enhydra lutris

        cite "ObamaCare." The article I linked to implied a correlation. These would need to be looked into individually. But the first list is companies that have said it was due to health care costs for employees. Some of these might also be, but I can't be sure (annoyed at the source inferring this when further checking doesn't confirm it).

      •  Add this guy - the coal mining company owner (8+ / 0-)

        who forced his workers in Ohio to take an unpaid day off to attend a Romney rally


        "Mitt Romney is Dick Cheney with more charisma"

        by Betty Pinson on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 11:54:49 AM PST

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        •  I think this is a ruse, all of it (2+ / 0-)
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          foucaultspendulum, eps62

          At least, I'm starting to. I think these are just companies whose corporate profits are dropping anyways, and so they're coming out and pretending they have to fire people "because of" rising health care costs, when in fact they're just not in good economic standing. I started to write a diary on this, and all I can find is all of this petty crap from Right Wingers about how they can prove the apocalypse is coming due to Obamacare, etc.

          But how many of them were tanking anyways?

          I don't know. I'm now wary that this is basic, plain old political scapegoating. And if that's what it is, that needs to be called out. Hard. Because people are, one way or another, losing jobs. It's ugly.

        •  I found an interesting story on that guy (0+ / 0-)

          Worth a read. It's short and to the point.

          •  Regardless of the real reason (0+ / 0-)

            a layoff is still a loss of income for the employees, not so much for the employer.

            The article mentions the oft-heard excuse that markets and big employers react negatively because of "uncertainty".  What does that really mean?  Uncertainty that their companies may not be able to stay profitable and meet a payroll or uncertainty that they may have to sell off one of their yachts or vacation homes in the Caymans?

            The business community isn't responding in a responsible manner, that's one reason why our economic recovery has been so slow.  This is why I think its so important for Obama and Dems in Congress to take stronger steps for government backed stimulus.   Spending some money on job creation will help the economy overcome the reluctance these mega corps are showing to invest in economic growth.

            "Mitt Romney is Dick Cheney with more charisma"

            by Betty Pinson on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 06:58:25 AM PST

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    •  Let these businesses show who's really growing (5+ / 0-)

      A business that is growing does not lay off workers.

      All these statements are either bluffing for political gain, or trying to find cover behind their inability to manage their business in an economy that is recovering.

      Love that you are assembling a list of companies with corrupt CEOs at the helm. We can vote with our feet.

      I hope this leads to a public option, or true portability.

      •  I want to diary on this but I am watching (5+ / 0-)

        and the right is CHEERING this on. They're HAPPY that these jobs are being lost and glad to pin it on health care costs. I don't know that they're related unless the company has claimed it (and even then, they could just be experiencing a downturn). What I do know is that they're setting up Obama and the Democratic Health Care system as a scapegoat.

        Could it lead to a stronger rationale for a public option? Wouldn't that be ironic?!

        I'll hold off for now on the diary, but yes, I'm watching this. Carefully.

        •  Let them be mad - what each of the companies (5+ / 0-)

          is doing is waving a red flag in front of their competitors.

          The employer's make money off of health insurance plans - cutting them out as a middle man may lead to cost savings, and yes that would be ironic if it leads to a public option.

          The right-wing may cheer this - until they are laid off and have no healthcare.

          We really need to unlink access to healthcare from employment. OR have something like COBRA that allows you to take your prior policy with you when you start a new job.

          That would lead to competition, when employers no longer have a captive number of people who have to sign up to their plan.

    •  mahakali, the only surprise, imho, is Kroger. n/t (2+ / 0-)
      •  Medtronic's profits are up 5% (2+ / 0-)
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        foucaultspendulum, eps62

        but they've been under FDA scrutiny. That's interesting to me.

        Kroger's profits ARE down, but here it is stated that it is because of specifically NON healthcare related costs:

        The company said an important sales figure rose during the period as its loyalty program helped attract shoppers. But merchandise costs, which includes advertising, warehouse and transportation expenses, rose 4.3 percent.

        For the three months ended Aug. 11, the company reported net income of $279.1 million, or 51 cents a share. That is down from $280.8 million, or 46 cents a share, a year ago when there were more outstanding shares.

        Revenue, including fuel, climbed 3.9 percent to $21.73 billion.

        Where's the part that the Right Wing is hyperventilating about, that health care for employees caused this issue? Kroger themselves report it's due to fuel increase costs, advertising costs, and warehouse costs. Specifically.
        •  mahakali, I have a bias. I received union wages (2+ / 0-)

          while working for Kroger as a student.

        •  And another one for posterities sake (1+ / 0-)
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          because it was very specifically stated that Darden Restaurants, which own Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, and Red Lobster, were tanking due to the President's health care plan.

          But Darden Restaurants state in the WSJ that:

          the struggling economy and changing tastes are forcing the company to update its Olive Garden and Red Lobster chains to make them feel both more affordable and trendy.


           "Olive Garden was doing well for so long, that it was reluctant to change, and look what happened," Mr. Richmond [Chief Financial Officer] said. He acknowledged that customer traffic at the chain, which makes up almost half the company's revenue, had slipped recently.

          Olive Garden has attributed its struggles to a marketing strategy that highlighted culinary expertise rather than value. As it shifts to more price-focused promotions, the chain expects to attract more guests.

          In short, it says that Olive Garden didn't change its menu often enough and also that people don't like seafood as much as they used to, and that due to a struggling economy, value is more important to consumers, who are tired of the food at Darden Restaurants.

          Now, contrast these stories with those from sites like the Washington Post (and others, many others, like the National Review, etc.) which states the push from Freedom Works as "truth":

          Freedom Works has put together a list of companies that will be laying off employees as a result of President Barack Obama's health care law:
          It then links to Freedom Works' story, which says:
          According to the Orlando Sentinel, Darden Restaurants, a casual dining chain best known for their Red Lobster, Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants, is "experimenting with limiting the hours of some of its workers to avoid health care requirements under the Affordable Care Act when they take effect in 2014".
          (note that while it says it links to the Orlando Sentinel, it doesn't, nor does the actual link go to the Orlando Sentinel, so in short, the source is a dead end here)

          So Freedom Works is spreading a story which, right here, is not what Darden Restaurants themselves have said. And this story is spreading throughout the RW parts of the media fairly quickly today. However, I don't find evidence of connections between the narrative being spun AND the specific statements made by corporate CEO's (other than with a select few, such as Papa John's).

          What a rabbit hole.

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