Restaurants’ Obamacare Surcharge Tough to Swallow

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Washington Times – Free-market economist Milton Friedman popularized the folk saying “There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” taking it as the title for a book.

Forty years on, it’s taking on a new meaning with restaurants across the country telling customers there will be an unappetizing “Obamacare surcharge” on their bills.

Denver’s KCNC-TV reported Wednesday that Double D’s Sourdough Pizza, a family-owned cafe, will add a new topping on their pies: a 5 percent surcharge to help cover the cost of employees’ health insurance under Obamacare.

Owner Ted Dorr estimates that the surcharge will pay for half the cost of coverage for his employees. The rest has to come out of either his pocket or theirs, or both.

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It’s all a bit of a game, of course. Insurance is a cost of doing business, and a cafe owner could just as logically separate the rising cost of potatoes or cooking oil and put a notice on the menu that he’s charging a quarter more for french fries, and here’s why.

It’s all marketing, and Obamacare is this season’s loss leader. The president richly deserves the honor, it seems to us.

The money, after all, has to come from somewhere to pay for the health insurance mandates imposed by a Democratic Congress with little regard for whether businesses such as the Denver pizzeria could afford it.

Nobody in Washington worries about the problems of such shopkeepers very much. Hillary Clinton summed up Washington’s attitude years ago when she was beating the drum for Hillarycare: “I can’t be responsible for every undercapitalized small business in America.”

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