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Florida restaurant owner to add an ObamaCare “surcharge”

posted at 5:59 pm on November 15, 2012 by

Just telling it like it is — I like his style. Per Politico:

John Metz, a restaurant franchisor who operates 48 locations of Hurricane Grill & Wings, several dozen Denny’s locations and a few Dairy Queens, told The Huffington Post Thursday that he’d join the growing list of restaurateurs piling purported Obamacare costs onto their customers and staff.

In his case, though, he’s going to label it so all of his customers know about it.

“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 The Huffington Post. “Although it may sound terrible that I’m doing this, it’s the only alternative. I’ve got to pass the cost on to the consumer.”

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I think wing-nuts like this one didn’t hear people screaming “we’re not stupid” on Nov6.

lester on November 15, 2012 at 6:09 PM

We heard you. What we didn’t hear was the not.

You wanted this, so take it and stop whining.

Esthier on November 16, 2012 at 8:57 AM

lester on November 15, 2012 at 6:09 PM

You’re still ugly and nobody likes you—-still.

You just hate that Americans will have to face the reality of O-care..

CW on November 16, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Oh wah, wah, wah. These people have been making their profit lines by exploiting workers. Its time to quit robbing peter to pay paul (themselves) and start showing responsibility for their employees.

libfreeordie on November 15, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Sheesh you’re predictable. BTW this does bring about responsibility…and in a very honest way. People can pay for o-care and they will know they are paying for it ….you should be ecstatic.
The business could hide the cost or be open about it.

CW on November 16, 2012 at 9:07 AM

The business could hide the cost or be open about it.

CW on November 16, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Kind of pathetic that businesses (for profit) are more transparent than the Most Transparent Administration Ever. (TM)

Washington Nearsider on November 16, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Why stop at ØbamaCare?

Put some incredibly cheap price on all the products and then tack on the cost for taxes and regulatory compliance to the bill.

Commies like lester and libFree hate this because once people start seeing the bill, they’ll all be in the Tea Party. This is why you’ll never see the Fair Tax because it puts the cost of the federal government in front of people’s faces every day instead of once a year.

Odysseus on November 16, 2012 at 9:28 AM

These people have been making their profit lines by exploiting workers. Its time to quit robbing peter to pay paul (themselves) and start showing responsibility for their employees.

libfreeordie on November 15, 2012 at 6:21 PM

You do realize that when you say shit like that, you sound like this guy, right?

Odysseus on November 16, 2012 at 9:33 AM

I think wing-nuts like this one didn’t hear people screaming “we’re not stupid” on Nov6.

lester on November 15, 2012 at 6:09 PM

The screaming, while necessary, didn’t compensate for the actions taken on same day. Something about them speaking louder than words, or whatever.

Its time to quit robbing peter to pay paul (themselves) and start showing responsibility for their employees.

libfreeordie on November 15, 2012 at 6:21 PM

I’m not sure you realize, but the explanatory parentheses essentially illustrate why that was exactly the wrong expression to use to describe the phenomenon.

But then again, “responsibility” to you is defined as “required to buy a comprehensive health plan without regard for the cost to the business or, for that matter, to the worker who probably couldn’t afford the lower-priced health plan to begin with”. Take it from someone who has no insurance for himself or his family of five because the cost is already too high and going up, meaning I’ll get booted into the state exchange (if Ohio even sets one up), which I will again be unable to afford at that level of coverage, meaning in the end, the government will charge me a tax penalty for the crime of not being able to afford something they are trying to force me to buy. And my income is significantly more than your average busboy.

The Schaef on November 16, 2012 at 9:39 AM

I think that health benefits should be taxed like regular income (which they are). Health care cost in the U.S are absurd and if people actually felt like they were paying for them, they’d be more amenable to attempts to curb costs.

urban elitist on November 15, 2012 at 6:55 PM

I seem to recall John McCain proposing something to that effect, only to be crucified by the Obama crowd for even bringing it up.

That said, I’ll go ahead and one-up you on this, by recommending that the government stop withholding state and federal taxes from paychecks. Let people see what their paycheck is like without deductions, and then let them see the real bill that comes due on April 15, not the amount obscured by 51 weeks of incremental leeching. Then we’ll see what they think of their tax rates.

The Schaef on November 16, 2012 at 9:42 AM

This is a small scale demonstration of why you can’t “stick it to the big corporations”. You raise their taxes, and they raise the price of the products and services to pay those taxes. In the end, the middle-class pays the taxes indirectly through higher prices.

But Obama doesn’t care how it works. All he knows is that the rich and big corporations should pay their fair share. ™

The Rogue Tomato on November 16, 2012 at 10:02 AM

The Left is all freaking out about the businesses that are reacting to Obamacare, calling it a Romney-lost-tantrum. What they don’t understand is that THEY are the ones who react emotionally, while business owners react based on the numbers. It’s that simple.

Jackalope on November 16, 2012 at 10:08 AM

You do realize that when you say shit like that, you sound like this guy, right?

Odysseus on November 16, 2012 at 9:33 AM

I wonder if he realizes he sounds like this guy, too?

GWB on November 16, 2012 at 11:02 AM

And meanwhile, hilarity ensues in Texas, where a bunch of dumb-as-a-sack-of-hammers union workers negotiate themselves permanently out of their jobs at financially troubled Hostess Cupcakes. Permanent “layoffs” will number around 20,000 workers, no doubt Obama voters. But not to worry. A lifetime of free housing, free flat screen TVs, free food, free cheez puffs, free Obamaphones awaits them, courtesy of the great Democrat welfare system.

(It will be even funnier if after they liquidate, Hostess suddenly re-emerges in Mexico with brand new factories, brand new equipment, and brand new workers.)

Scriptor on November 16, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Let people see what their paycheck is like without deductions, and then let them see the real bill that comes due on April 15….

The Schaef on November 16, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Nah, the Monday before national elections.

GWB on November 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

A lifetime of free housing, free flat screen TVs, free food, free cheez puffs, free Obamaphones awaits them, courtesy of the great Democrat welfare system.

As an extra bonus, these layoffs come just in time for the release of the new Nintendo console. Subsidy Christmas for the kiddies!

The Schaef on November 16, 2012 at 11:59 AM

And meanwhile, hilarity ensues in Texas, where a bunch of dumb-as-a-sack-of-hammers union workers negotiate themselves permanently out of their jobs at financially troubled Hostess Cupcakes.

Um – not in Texas. Texas is a right-to-work state. Hostess is in California.

Missy on November 16, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Missy on November 16, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Sorry, must correct myself – Hostess is headquartered in Texas but the bakery strikes crippling it were nationwide.

Missy on November 16, 2012 at 1:16 PM

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