- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Businesses with 50 to 99 employees now have another one-year reprieve from Obamacare mandates, but they also will be forced to certify to the federal government — under penalty of perjury — that jobs they cut between now and 2016 are not due to Obamacare.

“Treasury officials said Monday that businesses will be told to ‘certify’ that they are not shedding full-time workers simply to avoid the mandate,” Fox News reported. “Officials said employers will be told to sign a ‘self-attestation’ on their tax forms affirming this, under penalty of perjury.”

On Tuesday, President Obama said during a press conference with French President Francois Hollande of his delayed mandate: “Our goal here is not to punish folks. … Our goal is to make sure that we’ve got people who can count on the financial security that health insurance provides. And where we’ve got companies that want to do the right thing and are trying to work with us, we want to make sure that we’re working with them as well.”

Republicans have been critical of the president’s selective enforcement of mandates required of his signature piece of legislation, saying that the multiple changes thwart the rule of law.

“Once again, the president is giving a break to corporations while individuals and families are still stuck under the mandates of his health care law. And, once again, the president is rewriting law on a whim,” House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement released Monday.