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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