Florida restaurant owner John Metz, who owns 40+ Denny’s locations on the East Coast, intends to add a 5 percent surcharge to his customers’ bills to offset the costs of Obamacare, beginning in January 2014. And oh yeah, he is also going to cut employee hours to below 30 a week for most of his staff in order to avoid having to provide them with insurance. But shhh, he’s not telling them until next month so mum’s the word.
Apparently, these Denny’s employees aren't going to be allowed to have health insurance, and they’re also not allowed to read.
So is this how it's going to go come January -- job hours being cut and surcharges imposed on customers because businessmen are pissed about Obamacare? Wah, wah, wah! So many people with money and insurance hate Obamacare, especially those people in the medical field. I get it. You "haves" like to keep what you have, and damn Obamacare is going to come in and try and take it from you.
Oh wait, no it’s not. It’s just going to give insurance to poor people who can’t afford it because, newsflash, people with money are not the only people who get sick. People who are sick need medical care. That is the bottom line. Can’t we all just show a little human kindness and be happy that people won’t die because they can’t afford insurance? Or do some of us truly believe that if you are poor, you deserve to die?
Of course, some business owners are going to try to outsmart the system because they don’t want to be penalized or pay for insurance for employees. It will probably soon become big business to find a way to get around paying for Obamacare. I can see it now -- businesses will spend huge amounts of money NOT to spend money on Obamacare.
If businesses are going to punish their employees by taking away hours and punish their customers by adding surcharges just to avoid helping people in need of insurance, then maybe we should all punish these businesses by boycotting their product or business? I think that's a pretty darn good idea.
Do you think it’s okay for businesses to punish employees and customers because they oppose Obamacare?
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