From the Daily Caller (link):
President Barack Obama’s newly-named nominee to run the Department of the Interior, REI CEO Sally Jewell, sought and received a waiver from Obamacare requirements for her outdoor clothing and equipment company [REI] in 2011.... Obama welcomed Jewell to the White House in 2009 to jointly argue for the passage of Obamacare. Obama held REI up as a model company.But after passage, Obamaphile Jewell's not so hot on Obamacare for her own company. Better that her competitors spend the money to comply.
Two years later, Jewell secured an exemption from the law for REI. REI received an Obamacare waiver around the same time that nearly 20 percent of the businesses in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Northern California district received waivers.So that's the scam. Pass an onerous law expensive to comply with, then give your friends, but to be sure not their competitors, a pass. Reminds me of how the Democrats in Illinois play this same game. They recently passed an almost 50% hike in the state corporate income tax, then welcomed the stream of supplicants from big companies and selectively passed out various exemptions, all of course behind closed doors. If you're a midsized Illinois company not making contributions to Democrats, either because of cost or ethics, you're screwed.
John M Greco