5 National Restaurants Sticking to Anti "Obamacare" Policies
Huffington Post reports today that John Metz, a Denny's franchise owner based in Florida, has also come out against the Affordable Care Act by adding a five percent surcharge to guests' bills to offset "Obamacare" costs. Metz says he also plans to cut employees' hours in response to Obama's health care program. Janean Chun of HuffPo reports:
"If I leave the prices the same, but say on the menu that there is a 5 percent surcharge for Obamacare, customers have two choices. They can either pay it and tip 15 or 20 percent, or if they really feel so inclined, they can reduce the amount of tip they give to the server, who is the primary beneficiary of Obamacare," Metz told HuffPo.
During his campaign for the presidency, Mitt Romney's support of Illinois-based sandwich chain Jimmy John's was well-known -- it was a popular stump speech on his campaign trail, toted as an example of the triumph of small business. The sandwich chain, which George Romney, Mitt's father, donated $20,000 of seed money to in the 1980s, is also weary of the Affordable Care Act.
In October, Jimmy John's founder Jimmy John Liautaud announced plans on Fox Business Network to cut employees down to 28 hours a week in order to make them ineligible for health care under the Affordable Care Act.
"We have to do that. There's no other way we can survive it, because we think it will cost us 50 cents a sandwich. That's just the actual cost. If you have 40 or 50 employees at a restaurant, and the penalty is $2,000, and you're going to pay $80,000 or $100,000 penalty, there goes the profit in your restaurant," Liautaud told Fox Business News.