Rush Limbaugh broke this news yesterday–
Companies must now swear to the IRS they didn’t fire employees because of Obamacare.
Via the Rush Limbaugh website:
Ladies and gentlemen, there’s so much going on out there. The lawlessness of this Regime knows no bounds. There’s nothing stopping this man from doing anything. If he wants to raise marginal tax rates, he can just do it. Nobody’s gonna stop him. Here is the latest. As you know, the Regime recently delayed the implementation of the employer mandate for three years, until 2016. This means that employers who have a hundred or less employees will be subject to the mandate.
The point of this is that this limit of 100 is a golden opportunity for businesses to, once again, fire people to get under that number of 100 so that they are eligible for the delay of the mandate. So what the Obama Regime has done, is said firms and businesses are going to be required to certify to the IRS — under penalty of perjury — that Obamacare was not a motivating factor in their staffing decisions.
I mean, this is absolutely lawless. It is against the law. They cannot, ladies and gentlemen, do this. Specifically, they cannot run businesses this way. They cannot turn staffing decisions into crimes, and this is exactly what they’re doing. Businesses make decisions all the time on the basis of avoidance of costs here and costs there, labor costs, tax costs. They do it all the time — and this is a tax.
Don’t forget, the Supreme Court claimed that all of this is constitutional because these mandates are just taxes. They’re not mandates to buy a product. That would be unconstitutional. Of course, that doesn’t matter now anyway.
“Obama officials made clear in a press briefing that firms would not be allowed to lay off workers to get into the preferred class of those businesses with 50 to 99 employees,” because those businesses are the ones exempt from Obamacare and the employer mandate for three years. Between 50 and 99 employees, you’re exempted. So if you have 103 employees and you fire four of them.
You now have to certify to the IRS, under threat of perjury, that you didn’t do that to avoid Obamacare costs. I mean, you can duck the law, but then only if you promise not to say you’re doing that. Companies must now swear to the IRS that none of their layoffs are because of Obamacare. This must be in writing. It is made under threat of perjury charges. So what they’re trying to avoid here, obviously, is laying people off.
Read the rest here.