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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Who's bitching about Dennys???? HOSTESS layed of 18,500 workers today as Obama Unions would bargain! That is a CITY! EIGHTEEN THOUSAND 500 PEOPLE.! YOU OBAMA VOTERS not only can say you voted for the 1st black president -now you can say you voted for the guy that destroyed this Country!

@ Hey Dumbass!!!!!

Obama has not destroyed this country - Bush did.

@ Dee

Bush? As much as you like no one is buying into that bush crap anymore! It's OBAMAS world now and we republicans will sit on our money and watch you fall on your face.


Oh there's another option all right...F*** Denny's in the ass, never eat there again.


Another reason not to east at Dennys.

@ Total

It isn't going to be just Denny's..they are all doing it, he just has the guts to admit it. Watch the menu prices....you can't add $5000 per employee cost without passing the cost onto the customer...that is just simple business 101

@ Tired of the tax

$5,000 per employee. There is no way it's going to cost that much. Also, it's cheaper for every single business that was already providing it's employee's with insurance. Which is something they should be doing anyways.

@ bullshit

Denny is selling pancakes- not insurance. Obama will tax the air you breathe if he could! Texas Instruments laying off 1700. Boeing- 2000, you assholes traded in your god damn jobs for a Healthcare bill in which you have no idea how much it will cost.

@ Tired of the tax

Because God forbid they cut into executive compensation or bonuses instead...