Restaurant Owner Plans 'Obamacare Surcharge' for Customers

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dennys signFlorida 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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bills... billsfan1104

I agree with JKM. I dont understand why he is doing both. I could understand the surcharge, but both. Nope

NatAndCo NatAndCo

This is new? My last two jobs kept me as part time employee with full time hours to avoid having to provide me insurance. My SOs job did the same to him until recently. Its not uncommon.

bills... billsfan1104

Nunya, A business does not have to provide health insurance. Thats why they call them benefits.

mbnic... mbnich0269

Ah, I was wondering how you Obama disciples were going to spin this when the majority of business owners start raising prices due to rising costs. Cost of living will go up for everyone so YES. Wah!!

Alc0106 Alc0106

We do have insurance for poor people.  It's called Medicaid.  We also have federal plans to cover sick kids, the elderly, etc.  Also, most states offer discounted rates at their county hospitals.  Seriously, it appears there are more people who "don't know how to read" then the Denny's wait staff.  There are options, but thanks to the federally imposed sanctions, almost NO one will have affordable healthcare.  Seriously, people.  Do some research.  Figure out how it affects everyone down the line and for years to come.  Federally mandated anything isn't the answer.  I am considered "middle class" and b/c of ObamaCare, I will no longer be able to afford my medications, doctor's appointments, or necessary treatments.   I waited tables for years, and I get what it's like to work for tips with no insurance.  I've been there.  But sending myself to school and getting a professional job has now put me in a worse financial position than ever.  What's the motivation to work harder when everything is given to people who aren't?

cmjaz cmjaz

This is one of the dumbest articles ever. It takes no logic into consideration.

Businesses pay for non-working people's insurance and are expected to not roll the costs down to employees or customers? The author can't possibly be that dense. Its not 'getting around' obamacare. Its called 'staying in business so that there isn't 100% layoffs at your company'. Everyone from Boeing to Citibank is going to do this in January. Anyone with commom sense knows this which is why so many are against obamacare. Unemployment will be at 10% by March and underemployment will be at 20% or more.

kelti... kelticmom

I don't know about other states, but here in Arkansas it's EXTREMELY hard for an adult, especially males to get Medicaid. You pretty much cannot have any assets, ie newer car, car you owe on, own a home, etc. So if you recently got laid off, but have a nicer car that you bought while you still had a job/insurance and a house that you bought while working, you are screwed. They recently moved the Whirlpool plant that was here for 40+ years to Mexico. Plant closed in June, they only extended the benefits until the first of October. I work in the ER, and we have seen TONS of ex Whirlpool employees here for minor things bc they no longer have insurance, but they don't qualify for Medicaid. They worked on the line for 25 years, and now can't get a job bc no other factories here are hiring. And jobs they are qualified for are part time gigs that offer no benefits. It's heartbreaking.

Reali... RealityCheckNow

I love the "do not need to be rich" comment.  Everyone who is soooooo upset that someone got rich (read worked hard, took risks and succeeded) but they deserve his/her money.  Additionally, if they aren't rich, how do they make it through the lean years?  I hear a lot about how much money people "need to have" (read - tax the wealthy)  but I don't hear anyone putting themselves out there to absorb business losses and take on that risk for the "rich guy" - except of course for the banks, and union shops (read auto industry - not the managers but the unions) who gave biiiiiiiggggg bucks to the democrats over the years.  The rich are the ones who create the jobs.  And I really don't understand the shift in this country.  When I was growing up poor, really poor (read - only one heater in the house, no vents to pipe the heat throughout and no, I mean no food in the pantry) we knew to strive to be the rich guy.  My mother refused to go on welfare.  Welfare doesn't make anyone wealthy, it only makes others poor like you - level playing field, no one succeeds.

Meghan Roark

Like I would want to eat at Denny's anyway. I do feel bad for his employees though.

gem09... gem092011

Seriously, Nunya.  Who are YOU to decide who should be "rich" or not????  Who are YOU to decide that someone who has worked their ASS off to create a successful business shouldn't reap the benefits they have sowed???  Who are YOU to decide how much money people should be able to max out at??   


What the hell country do you think we live in???  The former Soviet Union?  Oh, but I forgot.  You're just following the example of our Dear Leader.  You know...class warfare and all that jazz.     



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