Denny’s Restaurants To Put 5% Obamacare Surcharge On Customer’s Bills


I applaud this business owner. This takes a lot of courage:

President Obama’s election victory ensured his Affordable Care Act would remain the centerpiece of his first term in power – but that has left some business owners baulking at the extra cost Obamcare will bring.

Florida based restaurant boss John Metz, who runs approximately 40 Denny’s and owns the Hurricane Grill & Wings franchise has decided to offset that by adding a five percent surcharge to customers’ bills and will reduce his employees’ hours.

With Obamacare due to be fully implemented in January 2014, Metz has justified his move by claiming it is ‘the only alternative. I’ve got to pass on the cost to the customer.’

I’m a big fan of businesses being transparent about building the cost of government policies into their prices. That’s a facet of policy debate that often gets lost in the squabbling. Taxes and red tape don’t just hurt the ability of a given business to hire and compensate employees. It also raises the cost of goods and services for their customers.

Businesses don’t build the sales tax into their “on the shelf” prices because businesses want to make clear to customers what portion of the price they pay is tax. But it’s hard to quantify the portion of a price attributable to non-tax policies, but there is a cost. And consumers should be aware of it.

Americans might vote very differently if the knew how large a percentage of their day-to-day expenditures is the result of price-inflating taxes and regulation.

Rob Port

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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