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Denny’s to impose Obamacare surtax, cut employee hours to below 30 per week

About a week ago I noted that Obama’s re-election guarantees Obamacare will be implemented, and businesses would take evasive action to avoid the staggering costs the ill-conceived monstrosity will necessarily impose upon them. The best way to avoid these costs is for businesses to eschew full-time employees for part timers:

Not only has Obama’s election resulted in dozens of businesses announcing lay-offs, but it will also accelerate the trend of replacing full-time workers with part time workers. Obama’s continued presence in the White House means that Obamacare is here to stay, and businesses already struggling to stay afloat simply can’t afford the massive Obamacare tax that’s on its way. The survival instinct is forcing them to reduce the number of hours many of their employees work to below 30 in order to avoid it.

Today, via the Daily Mail, we find out that Jon Metz, a Florida restaurateur, is not only cutting his employee’s hours below 30, but he’s imposing a 5% surtax to pay for the Obamacare taxes he can’t avoid:

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.’

The fast-food business owner is set to hold meetings at his restaurants in December where he will tell employees, ‘that because of Obamacare, we are going to be cutting front-of-the-house employees to under 30 hours, effective immediately.’

Metz is not happy about this and is fully aware of the hardship this will place on his employees. However, as he explains, he has no choice if he wants to remain in business:

‘I think it’s a terrible thing. It’s ridiculous that the maximum hours we can give people is 28 hours a week instead of 40,’ said Metz to the Huffington Post.

‘It’s going to force my employees to go out and get a second job.’

Obamacare requires businesses or franchises with more than 50 workers must offer an approved insurance plan or pay a penalty of $2,000 for each full-time worker over 30 workers.

The program mandates that only employees working more than 30 hours a week are covered under their employers health insurance plan, chains like Olive Garden and Red Lobster are already considering reduced worker hours.

‘Obviously, I’d love to cover all our employees under that insurance,’ said Metz.

‘But to pay $5,000 per employee would cost us $175,000 per restaurant and unfortunately, most of our restaurants don’t make $175,000 a year. I can’t afford it.’  

This is just the tip of the iceberg, folks. As more and more businesses are confronted with the costs of Obamacare, they’ll have three choices: raise their prices, cut their payroll, or go out of business. Metz resorted to the first two. I like his idea of imposing an explicit tax which effectively itemizes the cost of Obamacare to his customers. I hope other businesses follow suit. If they don’t and simply raise prices without saying why, customers won’t make the connection between rising retail prices and Obamacare. If they follow Metz’s lead, though, they’ll know exactly why prices are rising. They’ll also understand that Obama’s line about only raising taxes on those evil "millionaires and billionaires" is a complete sham, and that his pledge that nobody making under $250,000 will see any of their taxes rise … "not by a single dime", is just more of the typical shuck and jive we’ve come to expect from the community organizer-in-chief.


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  • Lennart Bilén

    The Holy Grail quest remains mentioned in SPAMALOT.
    Jack Kennedy’s fame has been coined our CAMELOT.
    Obama the unwise
    can claim his sounds likewise.
    His epitaph will be remembered as SCAMALOT.

  • chuckjr

    "This is just the tip of the iceberg, folks. As more and more businesses are confronted with the costs of Obamacare, they’ll have three choices: raise their prices, cut their payroll, or go out of business."
    I’m afraid you’re right on the money, Doug.  It will hurt us all but ironically, it will hurt the majority of the people who voted for him the most.

    • conservativemama

      But will those voters know that their vote is hurting them?  That’s what we have to do, what Romney was incapable of doing……………explain common sense economics, conservatism.  I’m 50 years old, I know what this country used to be.  But the younger generation…………….I’m worried.

      My girls are conservative.  My oldest is 22 and just graduated this past May from a private liberal arts college in Massachusetts.  She just said today, as we were watching the news, that her friends know nothing about economics, and if they know anything, it’s garbage.  This election really was about abortion, birth control, and gay rights for them.  The house is burning down but they’re sitting in front of the TV playing video games.

      • 01_Explorer_01

        It will have to get worse before it gets better.  When it affects people putting food on the table each week then more will wake up.  The young and the old will suffer first.

        Prepare now and stock up on extras.

        • conservativemama

          Get your coupons and stock up.  Good advice.  I’ve done so.  I keep a close eye on what I spend at the supermarket, and it’s really getting expensive.

      • Freempg

        Well said, c-mama.

    • 01_Explorer_01

      Apparently the last 4 years werre not bad enough and those who voted for BO will be the least prepared.  As one conservative talk show host said,  "Elections have consequences". 

    • Betsey_Ross

      I observed this in our precinct while I worked on election day.  People voted that I had never seen before.  We had so many handicapped voters that needed extra help and we also took machines out to the parking lot for people that could not get into the building.  All of them voted for Obama because he was going to "help" them with their infirmatives.  It is just heart breaking because these are the people that are going to put such a stress on an already burdened healthcare system that they are going to be denied care and told to take the pill.  They were so trusting and thought Romney was mean.  It’s just sick to do this to these people.

      • HuntingMoose

        Same thing here . During my brief visit I noticed also all knd of people I had never seen before at the poll and many pretty young.

        Doped and duped.

    • PalinIsGodsGift2USA

      That’s why I’m so glad he’s identifying the increase as OBAMACARE SURTAX!!! Hope he puts it in caps. The education of America continues.

      And as long as we have freedom of speech, press and religion – we still have hope, still have a chance to correct course.

      One problem with Romney is that he didn’t educate or even attempt to target, reach, engage and educate ALL the American people – including black, Latino, youth, women – with the message of real hope – the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, freedom, free enterprise (NOT capitalism which has deep Marxist roots and by the way, I noticed that in Going Rogue, Sarah talked about freedom and free enterprise, not capitalism, which I was very glad to see).

      Coming from a family of teachers, Sarah is also the masterful teacher – of America.

      As you’ve written Chuck Jr – SARAH 2016

      • CrackerJacker

         Out of curiosity, if businesses call out this "surtax", will you pay it?  Should you be paying what would have been the business’s share of Obamacare?  Metz continues to make money at a constant rate (or better – is this charge really a zero-sum against an increase he "has" to pay?) and you get to pay for his employee’s healthcare.  Sounds like a win-win for Metz!

    • MarkRNY

      Then there’s the moral dilema. I’m a third owner of a company. The other 2 owners will go along with whatever O does, including the HHS mandate. I’ll be out voted which means I’ll either have to pay for my own insurance or go without. This is happening all over the country.

      Of course it’s intentional, and your sister’s one of the very few politicians/public figures who knows it and has the guts to say it.

  • Azarkhan

    "Thirty percent of employers will definitely or probably stop offering health benefits to their employees once the main provisions of President Obama’s federal health care law go into effect in 2014, a new survey finds.

    The research published in the McKinsey Quarterly found that the number rises to 50 percent among employers who are highly aware of the health care law…."

    Read more:

    From 2011. Naturally Obots will be enraged, since logic and intelligence are not their strong suits.

  • ? Jim ?

    "The law of unintended consequences" ??

    I don’t think so. I think the libs full well intend things like the Denny’s story to occur!

    IMO – FAR too many on our side simply can’t wrap their heads around the fact that the left INTENDS all the damage it’s caused.

    • smmtheory

      Preach it brother Jim!

      Not only that,but the ultimate goal was to replace private insurance with nanny-state insurance. But don’t overlook the fact that the GOP establishment political con artists are complicit as well!

    • Terry Malpass

      Took the type right out of my fingers!

    • conservativemama

      I completely agree with you, completely.


    The daughter of a friend of mine works at the local Olive Garden…..the same thing is happening there.

  • Pete Petretich

    Thank you, Mitt Romney!

    • HuntingMoose

      What do you mean?

      Romney ran the best campaign money buy and hard work of him can achieve as a moderate.

      If you want to draw a conclusion about the GOP part of the election, this election has proven they cannot win with a moderate since the best of the best as they called Romney even failed.

      In 4 years there is not even a lingering doubt that their moderate does not need to be voted for as we got duped this time.

      Next time i am voting for the conservative or tea party candidate, whatever ticket on and let’s pray it will be Sarah who can unleash the grassroots

      • Pete Petretich

        The basic showdown in today’s GOP is between the Bushtards and the Palinistas. It is clear which side Romney stood on, and it is clear which side the American people stand on.

        QED, I think…

        • HuntingMoose

          Actually, i think the truth is more tragic.

          A majority of the american people does not know what side they are standing on. They have been lied to relentlessly by Obama and his lapdog media to the extend they believe they stand on the other side and the side they want to stand on they think is the wrong side

  • Patriot41

    And it has only just begun.  Santa Claus will have to start buying up a lot of coal before the coal industry shuts down, because he will have to start filling his bags with coal instead of all of the freebies that bought this last election.  If we thought the unemployment figures are bad now, we have not seen anything yet.  Wait until citizens are turned away from medical services because there are not enough doctors to take them in.  That makes me wonder where all of the new Medicaid clients are going to go, to take advantage of their new medical insurance?   Slowly, there is going to be a very sad awakening in this country, as they see the socialist have run out of other peoples money and can no longer carry them from cradle to grave.

  • JubaDoobai!

    They won’t realize jack because too many have foolishly bought into the hate the rich meme without stopping to think that the rich provide jobs and America makes it possible, or used to, for everyone to become rich.

  • BrianusBerkleianus


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