On Tuesday, I wrote about Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter coming under fire from left wing groups for speaking out against the new fees and taxes that will be imposed on his company because of Obamacare. He’s not the only one. An owner of 40 Denny’s Restaurant franchises says the new Obamacare fees will be passed right along to customers and employees.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Florida restaurant owner John Metz says he will offset the costs of Obamacare by “adding a five percent surcharge to customers’ bills and will reduce his employees’ hours.”
Obamacare requires businesses or franchises 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 program mandates that only employees working more than 30 hours a week are covered under their employers health insurance plan, chains like Olive Garden and Red Lobster are already considering reduced worker hours.
“Obviously, I’d love to cover all our employees under that insurance,” said Metz.
“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.”
Add Denny’s to a growing list of restaurants considering ways to combat the costs associated with Obamacare: Papa John’s, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Applebee’s.
What’s amazing is that most Americans simply don’t understand what is going on. This is NOT about health care… it’s about health insurance. And with Obama mandating a new government health insurance plan, it put the federal government more in control of your health care decisions. Add to that the spiraling costs, and we have a recipe for disaster.