I’ll Have the Blue Cross Special

Hold the pickle:

John Metz, a restaurant owner and executive in West Palm Beach, Fla., says he plans to charge his customers a five-percent surcharge and decrease his employees’ hours to offset the costs of Obamacare on his businesses.

“If I leave the prices the same, but, say on the menu that there is a five-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,” he added.

Governments do the same thing, John. Why do you think Obama wants to jack up taxes on what he calls the rich? He’s running his business at a loss and he needs to pass on the costs.

The difference is that businessmen and women can’t fool their shareholders or accountants. Much as it pains us to learn this, most business owners run their operations to make money, not to provide health insurance for their workers. That they do provide health insurance may be a benefit to society (though doing so does cost jobs), but it’s not their business model.

Get used to this, America. Private businessmen have seen this coming for months if not years. And they’re ready to protect their businesses, or get out of business altogether.

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