Denny's to charge 5% 'Obamacare surcharge' and cut employee hours to deal with cost of legislation
President Obama's election victory ensured his Affordable Care Act would remain the centerpiece of his first term in power - but that has left some business owners baulking at the extra cost Obamcare will bring.
Florida based restaurant boss John Metz, who runs approximately 40 Denny's and owns the Hurricane Grill & Wings franchise has decided to offset that by adding a five percent surcharge to customers' bills and will reduce his employees' hours.Now, here's the thing. It's tempting to laugh this up; Obama's policies are hurting the very people that he claims to want to help. I think he's more devious than that. I think he fully intended to cause something very much like this - think of it as a chess game. He's sacrificing a knight here - he gets blamed for the increase, so it's a net loss in the immediate term. But look down the road - prices go up, meaning more taxes coming in. Not only that, but now you've got a bunch of part-time employees who are making less money because of the cut in hours - Why, just you watch, they'll be calling for a raise in the minimum wage before you know it!
I think this was a very carefully, heavily choreographed move by Obama and his Chicago thugs. Push the healthcare bill on us; watch businesses struggle to deal with it - some taking overt measures like this - and then swoop in with, yes, you guessed it, more government regulations designed to further strangle private enterprise under the guise of fairness. You see, it's not fair that restaurants can just cut employees hours, right? It's not fair that they can't earn a living working 28 hours a week waiting tables. It's not fair that these massive big business restaurant chains think they can recoup their expenses by raising prices!
Mark my words - within six months of the official start of ObamaCare there will be pushes to up the minimum wage and/or force businesses to have a certain number of full time employees.
That is all.