Restaurant Owner To Charge ObamaCare Surcharge To Customers
For the most part, what ObamaCare will do to the economy and people’s lives has so far been an abstract concept. Sure, there are a few tangible effects, such as the 10% tax on tanning bed usage, and a few people with pre-existing conditions purchased health insurance (at enormous cost), but the true costs haven’t come into play as of yet (surely, that was the point behind implementing most of Obamacare in 2014). Now, one business owner is going to turn ObamaCare from conceptual to physical
(UK Daily Mail) President Obama’s election victory ensured his Affordable Care Act would remain the centerpiece of his first term in power – but that has left some business owners baulking at the extra cost Obamcare will bring.
Florida based restaurant boss John Metz, who runs approximately 40 Denny’s and owns the Hurricane Grill & Wings franchise has decided to offset that by adding a five percent surcharge to customers’ bills and will reduce his employees’ hours.
With Obamacare due to be fully implemented in January 2014, Metz has justified his move by claiming it is ‘the only alternative. I’ve got to pass on the cost to the customer.’
Over at the Huffington Post he explains
“If I leave the prices the same, but say on the menu that there is a 5 percent surcharge for Obamacare, customers have two choices. They can either pay it and tip 15 or 20 percent, or if they really feel so inclined, they can reduce the amount of tip they give to the server, who is the primary beneficiary of Obamacare,” Metz told The Huffington Post. “Although it may sound terrible that I’m doing this, it’s the only alternative. I’ve got to pass the cost on to the consumer.”
Obviously this mean Metz is a mean, heartless man who refuses to work his butt off while giving up most of his profits in order to pay for ObamaCare. Though, we can bet that virtually every liberal who supports ObamaCare and owns a company will refuse to give up their own profits and institute similar measures. We also learn that he’s going to reduce hours (back to the Daily Mail article)
The fast-food business owner is set to hold meetings at his restaurants in December where he will tell employees, ‘that because of Obamacare, we are going to be cutting front-of-the-house employees to under 30 hours, effective immediately.’
Government legislation has real world consequences. Price increases, reduced hours for employees, layoffs, and closings. And all for reduced quality of care and availability of care.