Comedian and conservative political commentator Dennis Miller has some advice for small-business owners who claim Obamacare is causing them to lay off workers: Fire Obama supporters.
"Fire somebody with an Obama-Biden sticker on their car in the employee parking lot," Miller said after someone claiming to be a small-business owner named Tony called into Miller's radio show to complain his insurance premiums had increased due to Obamacare. "It's the right thing to do. They'll understand. They're patriots."
While some small-business owners claim the new healthcare law will force them to reduce worker hours or lay off employees in order to avoid rising coverage costs, other studies show that Obamacare will actually save businesses money. The Department of Health and Human Services, for example, found that the Affordable Care Act will actually reduce insurance premiums by 18 percent for businesses with fewer than 50 employees.
Following the opening of the Obamacare insurance exchanges earlier this month, small-business signup rates have been stronger than expected, with many finding lower premiums.
"The rates are a little better than they expected," said John Arensmeyer, CEO of the advocacy group Small Business Majority. "They're not seeing costs go through the roof."
Oh, and, in case you were wondering, we're just going to go ahead and not dignify Miller's whole "Ted Cruz is the last living statesman in our government" thing with a response.