Denny's to Charge ObamaCare 'Surcharge' and Cut Employee Hours

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.’

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.’

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65 comments on “Denny's to Charge ObamaCare 'Surcharge' and Cut Employee Hours
  1. monacall says:

    why doesn’t this person just put the 5% in his meal charge instead of making a big deal out of it………

    • kaggey says:

      because it is a big deal

    • Rich Knoch says:

      Because . . . . EVERYONE should be fully aware of the disaster obamacare has wrought upon employees, employers, customers and all those who pay taxes.

      The only winners are those elected and appointed Federal Government “employees” who wil keep their current health care plan . . which we, as Tax Payers pay for.

    • Tina Marie says:

      Because he’s making a direct correlation between obamacare and higher costs. If he just makes cost adjustments and says nothing it becomes just another price increase. People should be made acutely aware of the cost increases that are directly related to this administration’s policies.

    • Kevin Smart says:

      He wants to make people understand why the prices are going up. Give credit where credit is due

      • monacall says:

        do you really think that most people are that stupid….I know I am not. I can figure it out why businesses are closing, they do not have to tell me. It really doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out…..BUT YOU MUST PAY ATTENTION thats the key…..

        • Kevin Smart says:

          Since I AM a rocket scientist (for the last 10 years), I have to spend A LOT of time explaining HOW things work to people who don’t have a clue. I am NOT an economist, but I suspect that explaining why prices are rising helps people be less frustrated with the restaurant and put the blame where it was earned.

        • monacall says:

          oh i know what your saying. but why piss off your patrons. they know why the prices are going up…you’ll piss of the ones that know and piss off the ones that don’t give a care….so I guess if thats your(His) goal go for it…..

        • monacall says:

          continued and then what? talk is cheap. I say close the business, make it count, and say obozo made me close my business because I CAN’T afford all the regulations and taxes. if every business would do this… would end quickly. sure it would be tough. looting, rioting, people going crazy. but thats whats gonna happen anyway….so lets get it going, why wait. TALK IF CHEAP ACTIONS SPEAKER LOUDER THAN WORDS….

        • Kevin Smart says:

          Since the people will get PO’d, you might as well direct their ire to the desired source (Obamacare).

        • milchap says:

          If you think Denny’s customers are going to be upset, think what will happen when the government starts sending Catholic priests to jail for refusing to implement Obamacare, when states implement a program to bypass Obamacare, and when all those Obama voters start crying over the lower paycheck they get, when Homeland Security comes to your door and wants to take your hunting rifle and crossbow, along with your handguns, and when all those who have their cell phones taken, their food stamps reduced, their SSI lowered, and their free bus rides rescinded. The liberal MSM screamed about “Revolution”. Welll, it is on its way, but not from conservatives, but from the leftwingers who think America owes them a living.
          Maybe the liberal news needs to have a conversation with Jon Stryker about his “rightwing” layoffs. Surely a good, billionaire supporter of Obama wouldn’t lay off thousands of employees just to remain one of the richest men in America, would he?

        • monacall says:

          oh honey like I have said did you just wake up. this stuff has been going on for the last four years….in fact I am one of the ones that will help start the revolution…please let everyone know….I want them to know that I am one of the ones. the quicker we get this going the quicker we can get rid of all the traitors everyone of them…..and who cares what kind of money people have, did he earn it? so what? thats whats wrong with this country if your successful then your bad. Now, don’t get your big girl panties in an up roar. Dont think that good ol John wont catch it later he will, and he will be just like all the other stupid voters out there will. sooner or later the lies catch up with you. not taxing the middle class that is the biggest joke ever. you wait, next year will be very interesting….so lay off the money boys if they earned it so what, it isn’t my money or your money, obozo is taking care of that….

        • Patriot says:

          Well said!

        • It would have been nice for the majority of Americans to pay attention and learn how the system works. Sadly, they didn’t.

    • A says:

      Moron, read, he’s doing that. Changing his employees hours too, because now under obamacare working 30 hrs is full time. What did you expect no consecuences for any of these? Nothing is free. You are stupid if ever think something is. Someone is, will be paying. We ALL will.

    • Wayne Bauer says:

      TRUTH hurts , don’t it?

    • nilchap says:

      Because he doesn’t set the menu prices. Why not make a big deal out of it? Obama made a big deal out of it passing, even before anybody could read its 2700+ pages.

    • Are you afraid for people to know where this comes from? This will happen all across the board, in all products. Cost of living increase will be $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

    • Patriot says:

      Because, he probably doesn’t want his customers to think he’s charging to much. This way, it’s unambiguous as to why their bill is more expensive. Smart move that should be replicated nationwide. Call a spade a spade!

    • The Democrats gave us the 40 hour work week.
      Now Progressives are giving us the 29 hour work week.
      If you happen to have a job.

  2. Ben Dover says:

    Is Obama now going to tell employers they cant do that? FACIST!

  3. Greg says:

    Now that’s a Grand Slam!!

  4. Diane Vanderson says:

    I hope it is noted as such on the menu. We want calories designated….how about taxes involved?

    • HawkCW4 says:

      You have said a mouthful, and you need to push it. I want to see that EXTRA tax noted on the menu for every meal sold in America. I want every single person who orders a meal to understand just why the price went up and up and up. I want every single person in America to realize what they have done in re-electing this unAmerican socialist. Healthcare has been the holy grail for libs for decades, Hillery tried failed. Obama got elected, and in dead of nite behind closed doors, shoved this fiasco down Americans throats, and now its going to kill us all. Medicare, already in trouble because of dwindling funds was robbed of 700+ billion to pay for this so called low cost no change healthcare. BS. the lie, you keep your doc, your costs will not go up, they will go down, all BS and he knew it. You know it, and you voted again for this criminal. WHY? Just cause he said he was a lib, BS again He is not. He’s a Muslim First, He’s more socialist than Liberal and he wants your country. He just got it cause you gave it to him. WHY?

  5. Niku says:

    This doesn’t seem like a very businesslike decision, and it will be very interesting to see how it plays out. The man is obviously more interested in making a political statement than in running his business. I don’t think I would have the courage to do it if I were in the same situation, but he has my best wishes. “Thoughts and prayers,” as you hear all too often.

    • Wayne Bauer says:

      You don’t show ability to recognize FACTS or figures. Employers are going to HAVE to do whatever they can to counter the marxist muslim

    • Patriot says:

      It appears that he wants his patrons to know why he’s doing what he’s doing.
      If he were to just raise his menu prices people might think it was motivated by profit.

      This way there will be no mistake. They owe the higher prices to Obumer.

  6. Ed Shick says:

    What is going on, People knew that if they had got Romney , He would get rid of Obama Care, as one of his first duties ,, If you are retired ,why would you want it ?,, It will cost us more and then what are our chances for medical care as we get older,,,,, Why did the servicemen in foreign countries in harms way not get to vote?? It seems no one living in Cleveland or Philadelpia , voted for Romney ,, I have been a union member for over 60 years and no way would I have ever voted for a liar and a traitor ,, with Communist background,, the rest of this week should be interesting ,, He should resign as he let 4 people die in Benghazi

    • Postcard says:

      I wish more people would be able to see the same picture you see and act accordingly. By the results of the election, we have so many in this nation that lack the ability to use reason and logic. By raising prices, this is actually passing on a tax to the majority of the people. “No additional tax on the middle class.” ??????

    • sam37 says:

      Remember that from the time Obama took office until this year, he facilitated increasing the roles of those on food stamps from 32 million to 47 million. These people don’t want to give up their “free stuff”! They have no reason to work! Do you think they would vote for anyone who might take away their “free stuff” – or even make those who can, go to work? These “socialistic” programs are “scammed” everyday by those who find the loop holes and know how to take advantage of the “system”! Our government even gives “illegals” our tax dollars!

      • Guest says:

        Did you know that there are ads. all over telling poeple how to get food stamps.
        They are all over on TV in MEXICO!
        Did you know this?
        When i needed help years ago, as I had a little money in my account, enough for 3 months rent only could get no help Had to use that money FIRST!. People with houses and cars however get help? What kind of idiocy is that?

    • Guest says:

      That story about 59 counties all voting for the Bum is sure proof of fraud. NOT one for Romney????
      Give me a break!

  7. Dick Grace says:

    Not Facist he will call it racist.

  8. Inside Agent says:

    And the pain begins.

  9. stevor says:

    I hope they delineate the charge as “obamacare surcharge” on the employees’ paychecks!

  10. SO? Is THIS one of the “CHANGES” we were promised????

  11. cdoc says:

    Anytime a business gets hit with new expenses, they factor it into the price of their goods. It’s just basic Business 101. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out. Unfortunately, Obama voters aren’t too bright. They think the “rich folks” will just cover the expenses out of their own pocketbook. WRONG. The new taxes on the “rich” will eventually come out of everyone else’s pockets. It’s called trickle down economics. The Progressives hate that term. Not because it’s fake, but because if their constituents knew and understood what it means, they would never vote Democrat again. So for all of you idiots who voted for Obama… congratulations, you just voted yourself a whopping tax hike.

  12. markinla says:

    When costs go up sometimes they can be passed on sometimes not and the business eats them in the form of lower profits. If he wants to make a political statement, fine. However, every other business has these costs as well. Some customers may think this is a reason to stop going to his place or some of his competitors may absorb these costs or are already incurring them and will be at a competitive advantage.

    People in the medical products business cry all the time about the FDA and how it hurts their business. In reality, everybody has to do the same thing so nobody has any advantage. These businesses just complain because they want no oversight on their products.

  13. monacall says:

    oh my gosh connie fowlor did you just wake up? this has been going on for the last 4 years, since he has been in office. I guess you guys aren’t as well informed as I thought. research his back ground. start with Agenda 21, that will scare you. Its probably already in your schools…..and just what Ed said. all of that taken place. do you hear any of it on main stream media? educate your self. thats what I was saying when I made that comment to dennys….come on…people know they are not that stupid comment. research research do not believe anything anyone tells you……expecially politicans….

  14. Karl Clark says:

    Unfortunately, we have too many idiots out there who need to be tagged with “I Am Stupid and I am Proud i Voted For Commie Loving-Marxist Loving-Muslim Hugging Traitor” and/or “I Am Stupid with a Capital ‘S” and I once again think Obama will give me Free Things”. Remember these idiots “Walk Amongst Us”

  15. Karl Clark says:

    Find their cars and if they are driving anything but a run down piece of junk – mark it with “I Am A Stupid Idiot – I Voted For Obama”