Obamacare: Denny’s to charge customers an additional 5% to help cover the costs of healthcare reform
A growing trend is emerging in the restaurant business as owners try to offset the costs of Obamacare; they are cutting the hours of their full time staff down in order to avoid paying the $2,ooo per employee penalty for not providing an insurance plan with which the government approves.
In what was a little known provision in Obamacare the definition of a full time employee was any person who worked over 30 hours, not 40 hours, so that means people who might otherwise be working 40 hours are now having their hours cut down to under 30. A double whammy for these employees who will now have to find a second job in this dreadful economy in order to make ends meet.
Add Denny’s to the list of companies who will be cutting the hours of some employees to offset the costs of Obamacare, but Denny’s is taking it one step further.
According to this article Denny’s will also be charging their customers a 5% ‘Obamacare surcharge’ to help make up for the rising costs of doing business under the new healthcare law.
Naturally this will hurt their business as customers decide not to frequent these establishments, and I am one who would not go to Denny’s with this added charge, but management must have included this in the calculations and decided it was more beneficial to lose customers than it would be to provide healthcare insurance the company cannot afford.
Many people will be upset and blame ‘big restaurant’ for being greedy and uncaring but it must be remembered that this is the result of an over reaching federal government and it is all part of the plan to force the nation into a single payer system.