President Obama´s election victory ensured his Affordable Care Act would remain the centrepiece 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
Comments: Great idea for other businesses to copy.
Yes, just as the sales tax is added to the bill as a separate, identifiable charge, the Obamacare tax should also be tacked on and highlighted for everyone to see. Hiding this cost in the basic price would be benefit the dims and hurt the businesses.
Interesting to see how many posters to the Daily Mail story foolishly think the owner is to be faulted for not sucking up all the cost himself. According to their comments, the HuffPo linked the story and explained to them some stupid idea about why the owner is at fault.
This is only the tip of the iceberg in consumer inflation bought on by Obamacare.The morons who thought Obamacare was going to be free are due for a huge wake up call.
The whole liberal scheme behind Obamacare was to break the back of business and had nothing to do with healthcare. The government didn´t have to take over the whole industry to get a few more million insured,if you want to call it that.
Now the moronic let can´t believe the cost is being passed onto consumers because they have been brainwashed into thinking business has endless caches of money.
McDonald´s sales are headed south,maybe because of the economy or the food nazis.McDonald´s Inc. may have some dough but the stores are franchises that take forever to pay back the original start up costs.They pay a royalty to use the name. All this stuff costs money and they have very skimpy profit margins.Now they have to figure out how to absorb Obamacare.
It looks like the so-called poor with their EBT cards are going to pay for Barrycare after all. I say anyone using an EBT card should have a second charge after the Barrycare charge. They can call it the EBT charge and make the rate 25%.
Hey, Mr. White Rich Guy .... you should be forced to sell the cushy house you call home and dig into your personal savings account to appease employees. The government says you must ´share the wealth.´ s/o
The local fishwrap ran an article, in the little-read business section, today, over a week AFTER the election about the impact of all the new Obama taxes, increase of the tax rates we have had since 2001 (note I didn´t say end of the Bush tax cuts), Obamacare and whatever.
Everybody´s taxes went up. Even the poor went up $300 or so, but the middle class ($50K was around $2500). Over a million it was something like $216,000.
Couple of things ...
1. A real media would have been running those articles DURING the campaign, so that people would KNOW that the increase wasn´t all gonna be foisted on "the rich."
2. Since the Obama campaign aides otherwise known as the "media" weren´t going to do that, why didn´t Romney or some SuperPAC run ad after ad saying, "Elect Obama, here´s what it will cost YOU!"
Heck, I was waiting for Romney to once say that his plan to increase taxes was for people to get jobs that paid enough for them to PAY INCOME TAXES!
I like the idea of a tax surcharge to bills. Kinda like all the fees and such you get dinged when you rent a car.
In June 2013 the doors of cell block A suddenly swung open in the Turner Guildford Knight Correctional Centre in Miami, Florida. And block B. In fact, every cell door in the prison. The reason? A computer malfunction. The prison had recently linked its security locks to the internet. More and more things are going online, most worryingly our "critical national infrastructure"--a technical term for what essentially means "if it breaks we’re all f–––––"--water systems, power grids, telecommunications, banking services. Connectivity makes them vulnerable to disruption too: from hackers, from serious criminals who are increasingly inching online, from hostile foreign
Fatih Birol is one of those people who run the world without the man in the street ever having heard of them. From a discreet office in Paris, he keeps an ever-sensitive finger on the world´s pulse. [Snip] In 2007, he was among the first to spot that China´s emissions of greenhouse gases were about to overtake America´s--a key factor in world talks on climate change. Last year, he made another striking prediction: he forecast the eclipse of an unchallenged energy giant. Saudi Arabia would shortly be overtaken as the world´s biggest producer of crude oil by its most important
Tens of thousands of pharmacists, bus drivers and bank staff are being trained to recognise the signs of dementia as part of a “front-line force” against the disease. [Snip] Jeremy Hunt, the Heath Secretary, said “every section of society” must “step up” to help tackle the illness, which affects 800,000 people in the country. “Britain’s biggest companies will build up a front-line force of thousands of people able to spot the signs of dementia and understand the needs of sufferers, helping people with the disease to live a normal life for longer,” Mr Hunt told The Daily Telegraph.
Three damning reports last night laid bare the crisis in NHS hospitals, maternity units and GP surgeries. One investigation revealed that a quarter of new mothers were abandoned by their midwives during labour, with some left to give birth on the floor or in corridors. The second found that mistakes deemed so serious they should never happen are being made in hospitals five times a week. And the third survey said thousands of patients have all but given up trying to secure appointments with their family doctor. The reports come only a day after the NHS watchdog detailed a catalogue
For Syria’s beleaguered moderate rebels, 2013 has been a year of disillusionment and crushed hopes: hopes that the US would follow through on promises of arms in the spring; hopes that US, French, and British missiles would shatter Assad’s military forces in the summer; and hopes that they could survive in between Assad’s murderous forces on one side, and Islamist and jihadist rivals on the other. Syria’s moderate rebels are collapsing. Western policy, including hope for next year’s peace talks, is crumbling with them. This week, the US and Britain suspended non-lethal aid--such as communications equipment and trucks
Congress´ top GOP watchdog is warning the secretary of Health and Human Services to stop instructing contractors behind healthcare.gov not to talk to Congress about the project. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chair Darrell Issa, a hard-charging California Republican, told Sec. Kathleen Sebelius in a letter on Wednesday that it´s against the law to get between Congress and the companies her agency hired to work on the crash-and-burn website. [Snip] ´The federal obstruction laws reflect the fact that Congress’ right of access to information is constitutionally based,´ his letter warned,´ and critical to the integrity and
When my immigrant wife first came to Britain, it took her ages to understand our GP system. If I fell ill, I had to wait days to see the doctor. But if she felt sick, the same doctor would see her that afternoon as she was categorised as a private patient (and paid a modest £50 for the privilege). As far as she could work out, it was a Russian-style system of bribery: the official system doesn’t work, but you can bypass it with a few backhanders. Yesterday, we were shown a little more about Britain’s GP network. The Care Quality Commission looked into 920 practices and found almost a third failing to meet basic standards.
Sometimes life in the West seems hard. The trains don´t run on time, the rent is too damn high and One Direction are everywhere. Then a story comes comes out of North Korea that makes you think, "Holy crap, I´m glad I don´t live there…" North Korea has just executed Kim Jong-un´s uncle on the grounds that he is "despicable human scum". The full verdict is: Despicable human scum Jang, who was worse than a dog, perpetrated thrice-cursed acts of treachery in betrayal of such profound trust and warmest paternal love shown by the party and the leader for him.
Traces of prescription drugs have been found in far greater quantities in US drinking water supplies than previously thought, a study has claimed. A report on drinking water carried out by the Environmental Protection Agency has found samples of at least 25 different drugs, including medication to treat heart conditions, in supplies coming out of wastewater treatment plants. Medication to treat high blood pressure was not only the most commonly traced drug, but also found in the highest quantities. Health officials say that the traces of the drugs, which include over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and prescription drugs such as
A number of Yahoo Mail users were blocked from their email accounts on Monday night - and three days later some people are still reporting problems. The company blamed the outage on a ‘hardware problem’ in a mail data centre but didn’t expand further and then last night, CEO Marissa Mayer tweeted claiming service had been restored. However, customers responded in anger to her tweet, claiming they still couldn’t access their emails, while others who had managed to gain access complained some of their emails were missing. A number of Yahoo Mail users were blocked from their accounts on Monday,
Why did 91 heads of state and 71 so-called eminent persons fly from all the corners of the earth to attend Nelson Mandela’s memorial service on Tuesday? Most of them will doubtless have wanted to pay their respects to one of the great men of our age. [Snip] There can be jokes and laughter. But there is no room for larking about, especially if you are one of the leaders of the Free World. Larking about may scarcely cover the behaviour of President Barack Obama, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Prime Minister of Denmark, and our own David Cameron during the memorial service.
The handshake seen ´round the water cooler was no fluke, it turns out. When President Barack Obama approached the podium at Nelson Mandela´s memorial service and made a beeline for a row of foreign leaders--stopping first to shake Cuban dictator Raúl Castro´s hand--it came after representatives from the two historically antagonistic nations had already been in talks for six months. ´[B]ehind the scenes,´ two Daily Beast national security reporters wrote on Tuesday, ´U.S. and Cuban officials have held midlevel discussions in Havana and Washington on a range of issues, including direct postal service, migration issues, disaster response, and search and
New York — The anchor who might beat Bill O’Reilly gets her eyelash extensions applied one at a time, with tweezers and dabs of glue, about 90 minutes before showtime, right after a motorized gun sprays foundation over her face, neck, shoulders, collarbone and sternum, wiping out a galaxy of light freckles that spreads across her — Let me stop you right there. Photos of the day Uruguay legalizes marijuana, Kiev police pull back from protesters, aging U.S. prison population and more. Tuesday´s Photos of the day Would you write this way about a man? About O’Reilly himself? At least that’s what Megyn Kelly might ask at
In August 2013 I became very sick with what I thought was a cold. After a few days I lost vision in my left eye and I checked into the hospital. I soon found out that what I thought was a summer cold was actually Strep bacteria poisoning my blood stream. The bacteria blinded my left eye, ate a hole through my heart, caused five strokes on both sides of my brain and forced the removal of my prosthetic left knee. Dr. Lee was the surgeon assigned to perform open heart surgery. What was originally scheduled to last four hours ended
The health director who approved the release of President Obama’s birth certificate has died in a plane crash, Hawaiian officials said Thursday. Loretta Fuddy died after the Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft she was travelling on went down shortly after leaving Kalaupapa Airport at around 3:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET) on Wednesday. The other eight people on board were rescued, Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air, told NBC News early Thursday, adding that that there was no indication as to why the plane had crashed. Fuddy hit the headlines two years ago when she approved a waiver request allowing Obama to
Fox News host Megyn Kelly has made herself the center of a racial controversy by declaring that Jesus Christ and Santa Claus are white. On Wednesday night, Kelly was responding to an article by Slate writer Aisha Harris, who wrote an article entitled “ Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore .” The popular news host told viewers of “The Kelly File,” her hit FNC program, “When I saw this headline, I kinda laughed and I said, ‘Oh, this is ridiculous. Yet another person claiming it´s racist to have a white Santa.’ And by the way, for all you kids
Views of the tea party are at all-time lows in a new poll, as primary challenges to establishment Republicans continue to heat up Washington. Just 30 percent of Americans view the tea party favorably in a new Gallup poll released Wednesday, the movement’s lowest point since Gallup began polling about it during its rise in 2010. Also in a first, a majority of Americans had an unfavorable view of the tea party, at 51 percent. Similar numbers of respondents described themselves as proponents or opponents of the tea party: Twenty-two percent identified themselves as tea party supporters, while 24 percent said they
THE Internet has been abuzz over the spectacle of President Obama and the prime ministers of Britain and Denmark snapping a photo of themselves — a “selfie,” to use the mot du jour — with a smartphone at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa on Tuesday. Leaving aside whether it was appropriate, the moment captured the democratization of image making that is a hallmark of our gadget-filled, technologically rich era. Manifestly undemocratic, in contrast, is the way Mr. Obama’s administration — in hypocritical defiance of the principles of openness and transparency he campaigned on — has systematically tried
If you go down on the ice today you´re sure of a big surprise - a rare glimpse of 20 polar bears gorging on a bloody midnight feast. These photographs show a rare cluster of males, females and cubs all dining out on the remains of a whale carcass. They spent a night and a day stripping every last morsel from the mammoth sea creature. Usually Polar bears are solitary and would never tolerate being so close to each other. But with food in plentiful supply and bellies dragging on the floor they seem too lethargic to fight.Wildlife photographer Michal
WASHINGTON – It’s not exactly a ringing endorsement of the budget deal.“Embrace the suck,” House minority leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi told fellow Democrats Thursday morning, a source told Politico.“We need to get this off the table so we can go forward,” she added. It’s a way of telling her colleagues the budget deal negotiated with Republicans is the best they can get. Democrats are fuming that the bipartisan budget deal doesn’t extend unemployment benefits for more than a million Americans. One of Pelosi’s top lieutenants, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, said Thursday it
Columnist Charles Krauthammer attacked new Obamacare rules unveiled by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a late Thursday conference call, saying the Obama administration is “approach[ing] banana republic lawlessness” by issuing the decrees. Krauthammer spoke with Fox News’ Bret Baier on a panel with Juan Williams and Judge Andrew Napolitano, as the three reacted to Sebelius’ new directives for insurance companies. “This is exactly a reaction to a deep understanding among Democrats that [Obamacare] is a train wreck,” he said. “And it’s a panic reaction. As the judge said, this is utterly lawless. This now approaches banana republic lawlessness.
The Sexiest Man Alive is being enlisted to spice up Obamacare. Pop singer Adam Levine, who won the designation from People magazine last month, is among the celebrities who’ll be promoting enrollment in online health insurance exchanges as part of a social media campaign kicking off tomorrow. With enrollment totals behind administration projections after the botched start-up of the federal exchange, 17 state exchanges joined by an advocacy group are drawing on Obama administration allies in entertainment and sports to promote sign-ups, using social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Reprising a tactic President Barack Obama successfully employed in his 2012 re-election, organizers
Mike Huckabee today ended his daily radio show heard on 200 stations across the nation, the first obvious sign that he is considering another presidential bid in what is shaping up to be a jammed 2016 GOP primary. He has hosted the “Mike Huckabee Show” on Cumulus Media since April 2012, but said that it takes up to nine hours a day to prepare. “As for the new endeavors, at this time, it would best for me to say, ?Stay tuned!´" he wrote on his Facebook page. Supporters won´t have to wait long. On Friday, he is participating in a “Pastors and
A South African government minister has said that "a mistake happened" in the hiring of a sign language interpreter accused of gesticulating nonsense during the Nelson Mandela memorial service. Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu said that officials have tried to track down the company that provided Thamsanqa Jantjie but that the owners "have vanished into thin air". Earlier on Thursday Jantjie claimed he is qualified but was hallucinating and hearing voices and said he is receiving treatment for schizophrenia. Millions of TV viewers saw Jantjie interpreting speeches by Barack Obama and other global leaders at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg. His gestures baffled and angered deaf