Several franchise owners of popular restaurant chains say that the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, will increase costs for small business owners—and in order to offset costs they are adding surcharges to bills, threatening layoffs and more.
Apple-Metro CEO Zane Tankel, who owns more than 40 Applebee's chains in the metro New York area, slammed Obamacare on Fox Business Network, Huffington Post reported, stating he would not hire any more employees and may cut the hours of current employees.
According to the Huffington Post, John Metz, a Florida-based Denny's franchise owner, is adding a 5 percent surcharge to customers' bills to offset costs for healthcare.
But a Twitter campaign has already begun against Papa John's after CEO John Schnatter’s said the chain would increase prices to offset costs related to the Affordable Care Act. Protestors are asking Americans to support local pizza chains over Papa John's.
So what do you think? Will you boycott area franchises of these restaurants for their corporation's actions against employees and customers? Or you think that small business owners are suffering due to Obamacare? Tell us in the comments.