Employers Required to Swear Firings are Not Due to Obamacare

In the newest business-crippling injustice from the Obamacare debacle, new requirements are being put in place dictating that employers will have to swear to the IRS that they aren’t firing employees because of Obamacare.

That’s right. If an employer wants to get into that sweet spot of employee numbers (50-99) to keep his Obamacare costs down, he will have to swear that any firings were not motivated by Obamacare. That means two things for the Obama administration’s PR wizards.

First, some companies that want to fire employees to save themselves from Obamacare cost increases will retain those employees because managers can’t conscience lying about layoff motivations. I would imagine this will happen the vast minority of the time.

I think the second option is much more likely: companies will fire the required number of employees and just lie about it. They will come up with plausible sounding motivations having nothing to do with Obamacare to save themselves a little money.

But that second option, because of this new requirement, still won’t hurt Obamacare in the PR department. Because the IRS and the Obama administration will have proof that Obamacare didn’t cause the layoffs. They will have sworn testimonies that, whatever the reason for all the layoffs, Obamacare cannot be blamed! No matter how much conservative pundits try to blame the stagnating economy on Obamacare madness, the Obama administration will now have hard numbers denying the correlation.

Chris Stirewalt of Fox News nails the doublespeak here:

To avoid ObamaCare costs you must swear that you are not trying to avoid ObamaCare costs. You can duck the law, but only if you promise not to say so.

This is a brilliant, but highly troubling, move from an administration that is already Big Brothering America into an Orwellian dystopia the distress of which only a lead sedative to the base of the neck could pacify.