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  •  Of course prices will go up a bit in some places (5+ / 0-)

    So what?  We made a decision as a society to expand health care coverage, and the main mechanism is through the mandate that employers either provide coverage or pay a penalty.

    For many employers that already provide health coverage, there won't be a difference - they were and are already providing the required coverage.

    For other employers who tend to have the lower-paid workers - restaurants, cleaning companies, dry cleaners, etc. - they will have a new cost to pay, and they'll try to reflect the new costs in their prices.  The ones who are able to still offer the most competitive prices on the new playing field will end up doing the best.  It's no different than what's gone on over the past few years with fuel prices - airline tickets are more expensive now than when oil was $45 a barrel.

    We're doing the right thing, and it's kind of silly for these owners to try and scare people with simple economics.

    •  True, but 5 cents or even 14 cents per pizza (2+ / 0-)
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      is one thing, but a 5% surcharge is something else.  As already mentioned, that's way more than what Obamacare will cost.  So, if that's what the guy is trying to pull, not eating at one of his restaurants is the best thing.

    •  Unfortunately, it's not a level playing field. (0+ / 0-)

      For some reason I don't understand, small businesses (less than 50 employees as I recall) are exempt.

      I can understand why larger businesses are pissed. If employers have an ethical obligation to provide health care for their workers, why is there a line drawn at the size of the business.

      What next, OSHA waives all requirements for businesses with less than 50 employees?

      •  Because large businesses can afford it more (0+ / 0-)

        Tailored regulations to benefit small businesses over large businesses are nothing new, and it's pretty bipartisan.

        Male, 22, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02. "You're damn right we're making a difference!" - Senator-Elect Tammy Baldwin (D-Madison)

        by fearlessfred14 on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 12:27:56 PM PST

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        •  Agreed, it's not new. (0+ / 0-)

          But that doesn't make it right.

          More importantly, why should employees of small businesses not enjoy the same government mandated benefits as those of big businesses? If there is some moral or ethical reason that businesses should provide something to their employees, why wouldn't small employers be subject to the same moral or ethical reason?

          If a business, small or large, can't turn a profit on a level playing field, they should go under.

          Besides, these "cliff functions" encourage businesses to outsource/offshore to keep their W2 employee count under 50. That's not beneficial to workers and is just bad policy IMHO.

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