Conservatives may have lost the battle to repeal Obamacare by holding America hostage, but they are still waging war against it. In what could be a new tactic against President Obama’s signature health care law, right-wingers are now urging small business owners to fire any employee who support it. At least that’s what radio host Dennis Miller told a caller to do on Friday.
Right-wing radio host Dennis Miller told a small business owner to fire employees who support Obamacare.
During a broadcast of The Dennis Miller Show, the conservative host talked to an alleged small business owner named Tony. Miller advised him to investigate his employees to see which ones are Obama supporters and then fire them no matter how good of a worker they are.
“Promise me this, Tony. If for your purposes you have to let some people go, kind of get the office wrangle of who’s an Obama supporter, who’s an Affordable Care Act – and do the right thing. You can’t go on seniority anymore, there’s some people who think this is crap. Fire a believer, they’ll understand. Just say “we’re all in this together, this is what you wanted, I have to let you go. But at least you’ll have health care in the single payer.””
Miller then went on to further explain what employers should do to find the workers to fire. He urged business owners to inspect the vehicles of their workers to find out who supports the Affordable Care Act based on what kind of political bumper stickers are on their cars. He then said to fire the Obama supporters.
“Folks I’m not saying that to be mean. That’s how weird things have gotten, where if you say that you’re thought to be perverse or vindictive. Who else would you fire?
Go out, into the parking lot, if somebody has to be cut to 29 hours, if somebody has to be fired, you know how proud they are, the Obama-Biden bumper stickers in their original permutation they’re still on five years down the road. Clock who they are, as you have to fire people, call those people into the office. Not somebody who doesn’t believe in it, that’s been there two days less than them, that’s the past, that’s silly. You’re doing the right thing, you’re not being mean. Look them in the eyes and say, “You know,this is your thing. I can’t afford you anymore. So at least you know I’m doing the right thing.””
Miller was unapologetic in his rant and even seemed to believe that the fired workers would completely understand and be patriotic about losing their jobs.
“They won’t argue with you. Ooh, if they do, I’d be shocked. Because certainly we all have to pull together here, don’t we? Fire somebody with an Obama-Biden sticker on their car in the employee parking lot. It’s the right thing to do. They’ll understand. They’re patriots.”
Miller wants conservatives to call on businesses to terrorize workers who support Obama as a anti-Obamacare tactic.
Hopefully, this isn’t a practice that right-wing small business owners will adopt. But it’s a frightening prospect. It seems Miller is urging conservatives to switch gears in their obsession to harm Obamacare. First, they declared war on the government. And now since that has failed, they are declaring war on individual employees who just happen to disagree with the political views of their boss. Can you imagine walking into work one morning and then being fired by your employer just because you have a pro-Obama sticker on your car? Or because you enrolled in Obamacare? Right-wing extremists literally want employers to punish employees who support the president or the Affordable Care Act.
Conservatives have urged businesses to hurt people for political gain before.
This isn’t the first time that conservatives have called upon business owners to punish people in an effort to hurt Obama and his policies. Two years ago, Tea Party Nation sent out an email to supporters urging employers to stop hiring people in a deliberate effort to hurt the economy. Now the right-wing may be up to its old tactics again. Only this time, they want employers to actually fire people who specifically support Obama or the health care law. They’re really trying to scare employees into not having anything to do with Obamacare.
Despite what Miller says, Obamacare actually helps businesses.
Speaking of Obamacare, it turns out that in reality, the law will save small businesses money rather than cost them. The Department of Health and Human Resources studied the affect on small businesses and found that it will reduce their insurance costs by 18 percent. Furthermore, according to the CEO of Small Business Majority, small businesses are indeed finding low cost plans. Obamacare is even inspiring corporations to care better for their employees. Disney World recently promoted 427 part-time workers to full-time thanks to the law. Instead of being greedy right-wingers who lay off or cut the hours of employees out of hatred of the president, businesses that actually adhere to the law are finding that it works for them.
Conservatives are once again playing with people’s lives for political gain.
Like the government shutdown, this is not a game. Conservatives are playing with people’s lives by calling on employers to fire hard working employees if they support the health care law or President Obama. This is a direct and very personal threat to working men and women who need their job to pay their bills, feed their children, and afford health care. Miller may end up claiming that he was just “joking” in order to cover his own ass. But calling for firing people because of their political allegiance is sick. It’s also irresponsible. Miller may find such an action hilarious, but most Americans will not. The American people already hate conservatives for putting the nation at risk. Just imagine how much Americans will hate conservatives if their jobs are now personally targeted as a result of a political temper tantrum.