Obamacare Surcharge: Denny's Franchise to Add 5 Percent to Customers' Bills

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Bacon and eggs with a side of Obamacare? That recipe will cost extra starting in 2014.

While some businesses threaten to cut workers' hours to avoid paying for their health care, a West Palm Beach, Fla., restaurant owner is going even further.

John Metz said he will add a 5 percent surcharge to customers' bills to offset what he says are the costs of Obamacare, along with reducing employees' hours.

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"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," Metz told the Huffington Post.

"They can either pay it and tip 15-20 percent, if they feel so inclined, or reduce the amount of tip they give to the server, who is the primary beneficiary of Obamacare."

"Although it may sound terrible, it's the only alternative to pass the cost on to the consumer."

Metz is the franchisor of Hurricane Grill & Wings, which has 48 locations, and owner of RREMC Restaurants, which runs 40 Denny's and several Dairy Queen stores.

He plans to use the 5 percent surcharge in all his restaurants in 2014, when Obamacare (the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act) is fully implemented.

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There is a lot of talk about "where did the Republican party go wrong?". It went wrong when they became the party of angry, uncivilized, and hateful people. They did not used to be that way. Now they just look like childish sore losers.

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When I go out to Denny's for a meal, I am probably spending about $50 for my family of 4 for breakfast or lunch. If you add the surcharge, its going to annoy me. If you just charge me $52.50, I am not not really going to care or probably even notice. This guy is just a big jerk who wants to blame the poor wait staff for his political feelings.

Jennifer-gallagher

Um yeah. Or we could go with a third choice and not eat at Denny's anymore. Sick of huge companies treating their employees like dirt so all the executives can stay rich!

Cheryl-shenk-pug-adamson

Dennys wants to raise the prices of food they should just do it and not try to make uyp a reason to blame the president. give us a break we are not that stupid. they need to pay their watresses and employees more if they want any sympathy from the public. they are cheap and underpay their workers and have big balls to blame president Obama for increasing customer bills. shame on you Dennys I wont be eating at your establishments any time soon!!

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5% ?! AND reduce the workers hours? First of all, it only would have cost Papa Johns maybe 15 cents per pizza to support Obamacare. Where are they getting 5% from? And why are they cutting the employees hours if this 5% is supposed to cover the costs? Screams BS to me..

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You will not have the money to eat out by the time Obamacare gets through with you. Minorities want to make this a black/white issue. Gays want to make this a civil rights issue and women want to by into this contraception or abortion issue. This is a GREEN issue and the color of money is why people are retreating at the moment! Nobody knows what will happen- banks won't lend and consumer won't spend because of the unknown. You people have not pulled people to your side you have pushed them away by casting your Obama vote! You were in quicksand and you wiggled your way down lower. To think you have leverage strong arming your social issues at a time like this economically was a huge mistake. I'm certain you will see this in the future. The working people's taxes pay the bills and workers are growing fewer. What were you thinking? Cake & eat it too?

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@ Holly

Wow Holly hopefully Obama care ill cover your meds as it sounds like you are off them. You got all sorts of groups all bandef together. I bet you the Denny's guy has health insurance for his family and many other perks paid for by the company. Why doesn't show that cost as a surcharge on the bill. Get over it Holly you rea baggers lost the election and you cannot stand it. You loser.

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@ Holly

So basically, businesses are cowardly and put profit ahead of actually taking care of their employees.

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@ Raven

I will go out on a limb and say this! DENNY'S IS NOT A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION! Just exactly to what length would you go to take care of an individual bussing tables? Can you just imagine the COMMITMENT a 19 year old would have working at Denny's making 8 bucks an hour and now he has this wonderful Obamacare? Would that give him or her more incentive to make it to work on Saturday night shift? The 19 year old doesnt give a damn about the health insurance - HE WANTS THE MONEY! Of all things on earth- Trying to get a ENTIRE COUNTRY on a Healtcare plan makes finding a cure for cancer look easy! Have you heard what exactly is in the Obamacare? I haven't! So how in the fu*k can anyone say it's a good thing! You want Dennys to fill out paperwork on Johns healthcare when chances are John won't last the week? Think Raven-THINK!

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Maybe everyone should just stop eating at Denny's. Than we will see who as the last laugh.
The rich just keep getting richer.

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@ Jona

The rich get richer and the poor get poorer because government gets bigger and bigger. Bigger government ALWAYS hurts the poor the MOST.

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@ common sense

I like how you're pretending that government is somehow has a unique ability to do harm, as though private businesses have never screwed people over.

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our government is worse than the mob...whenever a business tries to explain that the government is responsible for their increased prices, the government shuts them up so that people blame the "greedy management." is this the USA we're living in?. the "greedy management" are the people who risked their capital to produce their business and produce jobs and wouldn't have taken such risks if there wasn't a payoff.

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This is ridiculous. Maybe corporations should stop firing so many people and stop worrying about their profits more than their country. People think Obama is destroying this country? What about all the rich multi-millionairs that are firing people just so they can keep their dirty money? Hmm? Maybe if better people ran these corporations, our country would be in better shape right now. Just a thought.

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@ Samantha

Maybe? Maybe if Grandma had a set of Balls she could be Grandpa? Maybe my 327 Facebook friends will be able to help me? Maybe if I win the Lotto? Maybe if I rolled over this morning and Britney Spears was laying there I could feel COMPLETE? WTF are you talking! You cannot make anyone responsible for themselves but THEMSELVES! A woman with a small company laid off 1/5 of her staff the day after the election-SAMANTHA! She told them for a freaking year that this is what would happen as a result of Healthcare taxes and the BITCHES voted for him anyway! Do you think the Buisness owners are just gifted? Lucky guess? Do you think they are stupid? Do you stick your hand in fire -as well? You people are UNBELEIVABLE!

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@ Samantha

The rich multi-millionares are the ones who risked everything to create a business and hire people and only take a small fraction of the value they provide to society. The problem is that with all these government regulations and taxes, the business owners would LOSE money unless they passed on the costs associated with government regulations and taxes. and nobody goes to work in order to lose money...hence the price increases. Kudos to Dennys for being honest about why their costs went up.

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@ common sense

By "honest" you mean "passive-aggressive," right? If you have a business where you can't pay your employees a decent living wage and such, maybe you don't deserve to be in business. If a 5% price hike is all it takes for Denny's to give their employees proper health care so they can be productive and non-dead, that seems a pretty small price to pay to me. My Grand Slam is going to cost 30 cents more? I can live with that.

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@ Raven

Hey Raven- can you live with it of your ass is laid off by years end? HOSTESSS LAID OFF 18000 people this week! Thats thousand! Yeah- OBAMAS voters are really showing the world who is boss- huh?

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@ common sense

You are making way to much sense for this group! This is the Kardashians Generation! They think it's monopoly money! They watch and take advice from a woman in a Ballot Dress! They are broke yet they think that million Dollar Celebrites have their best interest at heart! Soup lines! Can you imagine trying to lift this big ass country up after it falls! At least the Gays feel more protected? Is that it? Obama wants to tear it down and rebuild it his way! I've got a news FLASH 4 you! There have been and always will be rich and poor! The choice you make to get out of poverty is your choice but if you think you have negotiating power against the rich then you are a true Fool! Most of you are to ignorant to see past OBAMAS rhetoric. You think your broke today? You have no idea!

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When the expenses of business go up, generally speaking, the cost of goods go up. This is basic economics, and I don't think that the Obama administration would contend otherwise. Whether the overall change net helps or net hurts the average American will be difficult to say.

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