Hidden provision creates extra costs for consumers and small businesses
by John Grimaldi
WASHINGTON, DC, Feb 28 – Obamacare is having its own ‘Domino Effect’ creating a variety of unforeseen, extra costs for consumers—including pizza lovers—and new headaches for small business owners.
For example, the law requires restaurant chains such as Domino’s Pizza to list calorie counts on their in-store menus. The company says it will add thousands of dollars to the overheads of individually owned restaurants, which will be required to make up new menus every time the bill of fare changes.
“The provision, hidden till now in its 2,000 pages, is likely to have a negative effect in the long term on job creation, particularly among entry level workers. It is definitely an uncalled for burden in the short term on beleaguered small business owners,” according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.
Meanwhile, restaurants across the country are looking for ways to offset employee healthcare costs with some of them starting to impose Obamacare surcharges on consumers.
A group of restaurants in central Florida has begun imposing a one percent surcharge to customers’ checks, clearly labeling the extra cost as an Obamacare surcharge. The alternative, one of the chain’s general managers said, is to cut employee hours. “We just want to be transparent with that cost. We want everyone to know this is what it’s going towards. We’re not increasing costs just because. It is a fee that we’re paying,” he added.
On the west coast, in Los Angeles and San Francisco, a couple of upscale restaurants have added surcharges as high as three percent to customers’ bills to offset Obamacare’s higher healthcare costs. Restaurants and stores in other parts of the country are considering following suit.
“It’s bad enough that the law has created chaos among health care consumers and providers, causing many individuals to rethink their household budgets due to the unexpected higher costs of coverage. Until Obamacare’s implementation in the fall, we were all told that the Affordable Care Act would reduce insurance premiums by as much as $2,500 per household. But the truth emerged quickly when insurers began sending out notices that premiums would increase by as much as 300 percent under the new law,” AMAC chief Weber noted.
He pointed out that large employers and small employers alike were caught off guard when the law went into effect, announcing that they were cutting back on employee coverage or dropping coverage entirely due to the high costs of Obamacare plans. Some companies dropped coverage for spouses of employees, others dropped family plans and others imposed new surcharges.
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