Las Vegas Employer Fires 22 Workers Due to Obama's Re-election

The small business owner said the impending costs of Obamacare has forced him to cut back on his workforce to save money.

Posted: 11/09/2012 04:18 PM EST

A Las Vegas employer has just fired 22 workers because of President Barack Obama's re-election. The small business owner, who identified himself as "David," called into local radio station 100.5 KXNT to say that Obamacare will force him to pay more per employee and in order to offset that future cost, he's decided to shrink his workforce. 

"I explained to them a month ago that if Obama gets in office that the regulations for Obamacare are gonna hurt our business, and I'm gonna have to make provisions to make sure I have enough money to cover the payroll taxes," he explained. 

Despite mentioning that most of his employees are Latino, a group that favored Obama over Republican candidate Mitt Romney 71 percent to 27 percent, David said that race had nothing to do with his decision to lay them off. He added that he needed to be "proactive" and "put me and my family first."

"I didn't lay people off because they're Hispanic and they voted for Obama," the business owner said. "I'm just telling you that because of regulations that are now 100 percent sure they're coming down the pipeline, I had to do what I had to do as a small business owner. Unfortunately, I didn't want to do that, some of these people have been with me for six or seven years. But, you know what, at the end of the day, I need to survive."

And he's not the only one claiming to resort to firings because of Obama's re-election. During the campaign, employers around the country threatened to fire employees if the president returned to office and some report that rounds have already begun.

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