According to a poll by Public Policy Polling more than half of voters, both Democrats and Republicans, say they’d be willing to pay slightly more at restaurants in order for restaurants to pay for employee health care costs.
Under Obamacare, companies with more than 50 full-time employees must provide healthcare for full-time workers. Because of this, restaurants have threatened to raise prices to cover costs. According to a Mercer survey, Nearly 2/3 of employers will have to pay more to cover employees’ health care expenses.
Darden Restaurants, the parent company of Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn SteakHouse received negative feedback after putting many of their workers on part-time status to avoid having to cover them.
An owner of 40 Denny’s restaurants in Florida, said that under Obamacare he’d have to pay $5,000 per employee which would equate to $175,000 per restaurant and that most of their restaurants aren’t making $175,000 a year. If an insurance plan is not offered to employees, owners must pay a penalty of $2,000 per full-time employee who works over 30 hours.
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