A man claiming to be a Georgia small business owner said he fired some employees and cut hours for others because of President Barack Obama’s reelection. The man identified himself as Stu, without giving a last name, and said he owns a small aviation services company. He told C-SPAN’s Washington Journal that he “simply can’t afford” to run his business if he has to comply with the the Affordable Care Act. “Yesterday I called all my part-time employees in and said because Obama won I was cutting their hours from 30 to 25 a week so i would not fall under the Obamacare mandate,” Stu, who said he is from Williamson, Ga., told C-SPAN. Under the Affordable Health Care Act, businesses with more than 50 workers are required to provide health care coverage for full-time employees or those working more than 30 hours per week. Darden Restaurants, the parent company of Red Lobster and The Olive Garden, announced in October that it would downgrade workers to part-time status to limit costs from Obamacare. “I had to lay two full-timers off to get under the 50-person cap,” Stu told C-SPAN. “I tried to make sure that the people I had to lay off voted for Obama.”
“Stu,” who is so cowardly that he won’t give his last name, clearly has an ax to grind. And by firing Obama supporters he appears to be violating federal law. Any business that is trying to avoid providing health care is not a good corporate citizen. Red Lobster and Olive Garden appear to be in that category and until they reverse this policy, let’s stop eating at them (if we were eating at them anyway). My boycott has begun.