November 15 2012

The 5 Percent ObamaCare Surcharge

Carrie L. Lukas

Once upon a time, the President pledged to make his Administration the “most transparent” in history.  That’s a promise that the President has disappointed the people on numerous times.

Yet I hope that the President’s commitment to transparency will have him join me in applauding this move by an owner of forty Denny’s establishments, John Metz, to let his costumers know exactly what they are paying for.  Instead of just raising prices across the board, his restaurants will add a 5 percent surcharge to all meals to cover the cost of ObamaCare. 

Similarly, Metz told employees flat out that they will have to have hours cut so that they remain under the threshold that would label them “full-time workers” under ObamaCare's rules and thus expose the company to a tax penalty. 

As the UK Daily Mail reports:

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.'

No doubt this will anger supporters of ObamaCare who would prefer not to have to acknowledge the costs of the new program and want employers to just discreetly jack up prices and lie to employees about why they face cut backs. 

Yet the American people deserve to know the truth.  ObamaCare is costly for businesses, workers and customers.  Those are facts we need to face, and if more employers join in educating people about just how costly this law is, we may find a growing number of Americans supporting full repeal.

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