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.
"If I leave the prices the same, but say on the menu that there is a 5 percent surcharge for Obamacare, customers have two choices. They can either pay it and tip 15 or 20 percent, or if they really feel so inclined, they can reduce the amount of tip they give to the server, who is the primary beneficiary of Obamacare," Metz told The Huffington Post. "Although it may sound terrible that I'm doing this, it's the only alternative. I've got to pass the cost on to the consumer."
Between this and the extended Black Friday hours I told you about yesterday, it seems to me that businesses are just going all-out and declaring war on low-wage American workers. Presumably, they're upset that, as Jon Stewart pointed out earlier this week, they can't outsource sales and food service jobs to Chinese workers for even greater profits. All this whining about the lower classes being "gifted" with a basic human right that they somehow didn't earn is making me sick.