Restaurateur Passing Obamacare Costs to Diners

Video, John Metz imposes surcharge on restaurant customers to cover Obamacare costs

Mizz Snarkity Snark stumbled over this little twist on Obamacare in the hospitality biz this morning and nearly choked on her vanilla chai snark-laced tea:

While some business owners 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 said are the increased costs of Obamacare, along with reducing his employees’ hours. (Huffington Post, Nov.14)

The restaurant in question? Denny’s. The man’s curriculum vitae? Metz is the franchisor of Hurricane Grill & Wings, which has 48 locations, five of which are corporate owned, and president and owner of RREMC Restaurants, which runs approximately 40 Denny’s and several Dairy Queen locations.

Denny’s, DQ, Obamacare, Surcharge, Florida

So, MSS deduces that if you’re a Denny’s diner in a bit of Florida, you might just pay for Obamacare at least twice: Once for that yummy breakfast of hog ‘n eggs and once for Obamacare care itself, and thrice if your own employer passes Obamacare costs on to you.

MSS does not claim to understand Obamacare. No matter what she reads about it, the words get all blurry-fuzzy and her poor snark-attuned brain turns to Meyer Lemon marmalade.

Once again, twice in the space of a mere month, MSS laments the passing of William F. Buckley Jr., one of the few humans besides Stephen Hawking (too busy inventing space) and Al Gore (too busy reinventing the Internet) who would have understood Obamacare and explained it to the rest of us mere mortals.

But Mizz Snarkity Snark digresses, and poorly at that.

Any National Health Plan That Starts with “It’s very simple, really,” Isn’t.

Mizz Snarkity Snark would like to leave you, Gentle Reader, with these critical thoughts from her own marmalade brain:

  • Did the esteemed President Woodrow Wilson have his hands on the Treaty of Versailles? or the Treaty of Wilson?
  • Was President Abraham Lincoln known as the Great Emancipator? or the Great Abraham?
  • President Theodore Roosevelt crafts the New Teddy

    President Theodore “Happy Guy” Roosevelt crafts the New Teddy.

    Did the wondrously mustachioed President Theodore Roosevelt craft the New Deal? or the New Teddy?

Perhaps the newly re-elected President Barack Obama would want to urge renaming Obamacare to something less linked to his time(s) in office. Perhaps he should change the name of Obamacare to Club Med. The ramifications could be amusing.

Much love to each of you. Stay healthy, my friend. Or perhaps skip the Denny’s meals with the side of Obamacare.