"Love it. We had to let two employees go to cover new Obongocare [sic] costs and increased taxes," wrote Utah business owner Terry Lee. "Found two Obongo supporters and gave them the news yesterday. They wanted the idiot in the Whitehouse, they reap the benefits."
Lee posted his remarks in a comment thread on the Salt Lake Tribune's website, on their story about the Utah smoothie bar that charges liberals $1 more. When he was contacted by the Tribune he confirmed the story, and told the paper that he chose which employees to fire partly based on their political beliefs.
"They were Obama supporters. We just knew they were," Lee said. "I implied that sort of tongue and cheek [in the comments section] but there were other issues, too. They were not top performers."
Lee's company, Terry Lee Forensics, currently employes nine people. Obamacare requires that businesses with over 50 employees cover health insurance for full-time employees.
Lee's actions are legal under Utah and federal law, although some other states bar firing employees for their politics. He himself said he wasn't sure if he'd acted illegally. "Is your political affiliation protected? I don't believe it is, but I don't know."