The Larry Katz Testimony

Yesterday, at the Senate Small Business Committee, the owner of the Dot’s Diner restaurants in New Orleans got to tell his story of Obamacare.

It was a pretty damning presentation illustrating how destructive and stupid this law is. Larry Katz, the restaurateur in question, outlined in detail the effect the president’s health care plan would have both on his current employees and the potential growth of his business. The clip below was the highlight of the testimony, when Katz was questioned by Sen. Marco Rubio about those effects.

You’ll notice that the chair of that committee, one Mary Landrieu of Louisiana who represents Katz in the Senate, takes great pains to denigrate the benefits provided to his employees. She doesn’t like to see one of her constituents crap on the bill she voted for.

What doesn’t show up on the video is Landrieu’s tirade about how awesome Obamacare is

Landrieu, who supports the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, said some “glitches” in the law still must be worked out. She pledged to work with Katz. But she said she is not backtracking on her support.

“We’re not going back to a time before affordable health care insurance,” Landrieu said.

Landrieu argued that businesses and individuals were struggling with costs and premium rate increases long before the Affordable Care Act and that the law — although not perfect — is insuring many more people, helping countless businesses and keeping people from being refused coverage because of pre-existing medical conditions.

“I really hope that we can continue to improve on the law that will provide, hopefully, affordable insurance for every family and every business with a shared responsibility for individuals, for business and for the government,” Landrieu said.

Three small-business owners from outside of Louisiana testified Wednesday that the law is helping them expand and better afford health insurance for their employees.

Landrieu also pointed to testimony that states who implemented their own health care exchanges to fit their needs are faring better than those like Louisiana who refused to do so. The federal government is setting up exchanges for those states.

Almost all bigger businesses in Louisiana already insure their employees and only about 4 percent of small businesses have more than 50 employees, Landrieu said.

But about 3,800 Louisiana small businesses have more than 50 workers and “solutions” are needed to help them, she said.

“I’ve had some serious concerns about the group of companies, like yours, that would get caught,” Landrieu told Katz. “The larger companies can take advantage of lower rates offered to groups. The smaller companies will be able to pool their resources through the (health care) exchange. And then companies like yours will have a challenge.”

Sounds defensive, no?

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