You may recall that Eric Stern, a lawyer very familiar with the details of the Affordable Care Act, fact-checked and exposed Sean Hannity’s sham ObamaCare victims in Salon.com about a month ago. Fortunately for truth lovers, Stern got curious about one of Megyn Kelly’s “victims” who claimed ObamaCare forced him to sell his business. It turns out the business-owner’s story is not quite as she presented.
Writing in Salon again earlier today, Stern found that Kelly made no attempt to review businessman Bill Lawrence’s records in support of his claim that the Affordable Care Act was so terrible for his business that he was forced to sell it.
I then pressed Bill on whether there were any other reasons he was selling his business. He admitted to me that there were plenty of others (“myriad reasons,” in his words). What were some of them? “You ever run a business?” he asked with a chuckle. And then he began ticking off a bunch of problems in his life that he said he’d now be glad to be rid of. The headache of managing workers. Taxes, fees and permits of every shape and size and color (dumpster permits, gate permits, this permit, that permit). He complained to me that he has to pay $300 for an “auto dealer’s” permit just to sell air fresheners at the checkout counter of his car wash centers.
Stern noted that it sounded like Texas’ Governor Rick Perry was more responsible for Lawrence’s problems than President Barack Obama.
Stern also discovered that the private equity company that bought Lawrence’s business had approached him “three or four years ago,” i.e. most likely before ObamaCare existed. And, obviously, they didn’t think their obligations under the Affordable Care Act would be so onerous now as to make the business unprofitable or unmanageable.
But Kelly, who insists she’s not an opinion host, didn’t seem to think of that. Her softballs-only interview, from November 1, is below.
I’ve wanted to start several of my own businesses for the last 5 years, but, haven’t been able to because of Obama-care. How do I get on TV to Lie about why I haven’t been able to start those many businesses?
Also, I would be willing to drop in mentions of Benghazi, IRS scandal, and income redistribution if you’d like. I can be reached at my twitter acct #up_yours_ni^*er_pres Thanks Lying scum right-winger
The masses needs to take this story and post it in every social media available. Tell the world that this Texas business owner was forced to sell his business because of the high cost of doing business in the state of Texas. Stick this on Republican Gov. Rick Perry.
We encourage our media partners to do stories on businesses closing in Texas. Small business owners can’t afford to operate due to high cost of taxes, fees and permits.