You may have seen in the news recently that the owners of several businesses or restaurant franchises, including Papa John’s, Denny’s, and Applebees, have announced that the Affordable Care Act has imposed new costs on their businesses, which they will be passing on to the consumer in the form of higher prices, and in some cases an explicit “ObamaCare surcharge.” Of course, it is totally within their rights to do so, just as it is the consumer’s right to decide whether to continue purchasing products from these companies. The problem is that these efforts are nothing more than a publicity stunt. I can’t do any better than Matthew Yglesias in describing why that is the case. So read his article here, and realize that I echo everything he writes in his piece. Then you decide. If Papa John’s wants to tack an extra dime onto the price of your pizza, is it worth it to you, knowing that that provides jobs and health insurance to low-wage employees? Or would you rather buy your pizza elsewhere, or go without altogether?
Why ObamaCare Surcharges Are Bogus