Yes I know that the Legislative and Judicial branches have robbed employers of their authority in this area, but that was done, however wrongfully, in a legal way. The Administration’s latest dictatorial move is not only executive overreach in itself, but has also entailed some much more insane acts of aggression against businesses—which the Executive Branch has not hesitated to perpetrate.
As you probably know, Obama has once again criminally assumed legislative powers and changed the Affordable Care Act. As this Fox News story summarizes:
As a result of the delay, the administration will let employers with 50 to 99 employees off the hook in 2015. They’ll be required to report on how many workers are covered but will have until 2016 before being required to cover full-time staff or pay a penalty. Americans would still be required to obtain health insurance through what’s known as the individual mandate.
Under the changes, employers with 100 or more workers will be required to provide health insurance to full-time staff next year. However, the new rules will only require them to cover 70 percent of workers at first; and then 95 percent the following year and beyond.
As before, companies with fewer than 50 employees will not be required to provide health coverage.
That’s bad, illegal, unconstitutional, banana republic behavior on the part of this administration. But that is not the worst part of what is happening. By making up new requirements, granting reprieves, and in general acting like the President has “I Am Congress” tattooed on his forehead, the Obama Administration has decided they get to dictate to businesses why they may lay off employees.
Here it is:
Some lawmakers, though, have claimed that the mere threat of the employer mandate is causing companies to shed full-time workers in the hope of keeping their staff size below 50 and avoiding the requirement.
Administration officials dispute that this is happening on any large scale. Further, Treasury officials said Monday that businesses will be told to “certify” that they are not shedding full-time workers simply to avoid the mandate. Officials said employers will be told to sign a “self-attestation” on their tax forms affirming this, under penalty of perjury.
So now the Treasury Department can punish you for trying to stay solvent? If a company goes bankrupt do they have to “certify” that they are not closing their doors “simply to avoid the mandate”? It is not the government’s business why they lay off employees. Of course the more expensive an employee becomes to a business, the more likely it is that the business will be forced to let the employee go. The whole reason that Obama is delaying the mandate is precisely because he realizes that he is making employees more expensive for businesses.
Will Congress please stop this?! We are in the midst of a coup and no one is even noticing. This is worse than TARP because at least most people got angry about TARP. This comes in the midst of so much bad news that people are not even aware of what is going on.