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Denny's and others will impose a 5% Obamacare tax...sniggle

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Some Denny’s Restaurants To Charge 5% ‘Obamacare Surcharge’ To Deal With Health Care Legislation

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In the not-too-distant future, when you dine at some Denny’s restaurants, that “Moons Over My Hammy” sandwich will now come with an extra 5-percent surcharge.

Florida-based businessman John Metz, owner of 40 Denny’s franchise restaurants, plans to add the surcharge directly to customers’ checks as an up-close-and-personal way of dealing with the increased costs imposed by the Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare,” which mandates that businesses with more than 50 workers must offer an approved insurance plan or pay a penalty of $2,000 for each full-time worker over 30 workers.

The ACA comes into full effect in January 2014. Metz says the direct surcharge is “the only alternative. I’ve got to pass on the cost to the customer.”

Metz stressed that he is not “anti-insurance,” but rather he understands the severe costs the legislation will impose on employers and employees alike: “Obviously, I’d love to cover all our employees under that insurance,” Metz told the Huffington Post. “But to pay $5,000 per employee would cost us $175,000 per restaurant and unfortunately, most of our restaurants don’t make $175,000 a year. I can’t afford it.”

The restauranteur is unconcerned with the potential backlash from doing what some might consider an expressly political statement by directly charging the customer for Obamacare. He told HuffPosthe is willing to take the heat, and that “We’re trying to get more restaurant operators rallied around the concept of adding a 5 percent surcharge to their bill to cover the costs of Obamacare as opposed to raising prices.”

Metz also plans to cut employee hours. “I think it’s a terrible thing. It’s ridiculous that the maximum hours we can give people is 28 hours a week instead of 40,” he said. “It’s going to force my employees to go out and get a second job.”

Full HuffPost report here.

LOL

by on Nov. 15, 2012 at 4:58 PM
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Canvas_says
by Silver Member on Nov. 15, 2012 at 5:58 PM
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That would be the nail in the coffin to any of these businesses already talking about cutting hours, but we are talking about Obama's administration. 

Quoting rocketracer:

Before you know it the "brain trust in DC" will try to pass a law that will require businesses to have a certain percentage of the staff employed full time.....


NancSBRN
by Bronze Member on Nov. 15, 2012 at 6:09 PM

. humm lots of folks already work several jobs it is call doing what you need to do to support your family. Mine chooses not to go out to eat very often. I won't mind paying 5% when we do pick up a Papa Murphys Pizza. 

JavaMom2one
by on Nov. 16, 2012 at 2:37 AM
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It shouldn't come as any surprise to anyone that businesses are going to add the cost of Obamacare into their product and services.  Denny's is just another name added to the list, soon it will be your local salon, grocery store, etc.... added to the list.  The extra money has to come from somewhere and sadly that's our pockets as consumers.

Oh, and to those who say they will avoid Denny's, well, expect this to be a trend and your favorite spot to eat will be next.  Many places will not come out and tell the headline news that they are raising costs to cover items like Obamacare, you'll just find your favorite items to be a tad bit more expensive and wonder why.

kag1212
by Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 4:28 AM
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What a bunch of Malarky!! Lol, now people won't leave tips. Smart move. These companies raising prices and laying off, there just hurting their companies. One productivity decreases, two sales will go down, what is that proving?
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JustCJ
by on Nov. 16, 2012 at 5:15 AM
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Ok so the asshole who doesn't want to pay their way period gets his, I should enjoy doing things out with my family less. It's not stopping with Denny's. Thanks Obama voter.

Quoting NancSBRN:

. humm lots of folks already work several jobs it is call doing what you need to do to support your family. Mine chooses not to go out to eat very often. I won't mind paying 5% when we do pick up a Papa Murphys Pizza. 

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chanizen
by on Nov. 16, 2012 at 6:12 AM

Ah yes, it's so much better if we just keep ignoring the problem that those families have kids they can't afford and expect the rest of us to pay for the kid's healthcare.  Wake up.  We have socialized healthcare.  We just don't admit it.

Otherwise, you couldn't show up at an ER without insurance and be guaranteed care.  Grandma and grandpa would be working to afford their healthcare.  Because they aren't paying it.  I am.  And my kids will be.

Quoting Canvas_says:

I can only imagine how much harder dealing with family issues are going to be when you are forced to work two or three different part time jobs, just to keep up with bills because this mandate has made it where you can't just work the one you had before. 


Canvas_says
by Silver Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 6:43 AM

I agree that too many people have children they can't afford, that's why I disagree with going along with this Obamacare mandate, it's going to make it even harder to afford for those that are working. 

Quoting chanizen:

Ah yes, it's so much better if we just keep ignoring the problem that those families have kids they can't afford and expect the rest of us to pay for the kid's healthcare.  Wake up.  We have socialized healthcare.  We just don't admit it.

Otherwise, you couldn't show up at an ER without insurance and be guaranteed care.  Grandma and grandpa would be working to afford their healthcare.  Because they aren't paying it.  I am.  And my kids will be.

Quoting Canvas_says:

I can only imagine how much harder dealing with family issues are going to be when you are forced to work two or three different part time jobs, just to keep up with bills because this mandate has made it where you can't just work the one you had before. 



rccmom
by Gold Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 8:28 AM
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Am I to understand that a restaurant owner of 40 Dennys did not already offer decent health care for all his workers? I think THAT is a problem.

Carpy
by Platinum Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 8:32 AM
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What country are they in?  I did not realize this bill expanded from our borders.  In the US those kids already can get healthcare.

Quoting MsDenuninani:


Quoting Canvas_says:

I can only imagine how much harder dealing with family issues are going to be when you are forced to work two or three different part time jobs, just to keep up with bills because this mandate has made it where you can't just work the one you had before. 

Tell that to the 17 million children with pre-existing conditions that now can actually get health care.

"dealing with family issues," indeed.


imamomzilla
by on Nov. 16, 2012 at 8:36 AM

 Gee. That's not going to hurt the middle class or anything.

 




 
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