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Published On: Tue, Mar 12th, 2013

Five Guys franchise owner Mark Ruffer says Obamacare will cause prices to rise

Obamacare wasn’t designed to impede business owners, but poor sales and future Obamacare regulations may be the cause of delayed hirings.

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Five Guys franchise holder Mike Ruffer said on Monday that the cost of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will force him to raise the price of burgers and hot dogs, according to the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard.

“He will need all the profits from at least one of his eight outlets just to cover his estimated added $60,000-a year in new Obamacare costs,” Bedard’s report notes.

“Any added costs are going to have to be passed on,” said Ruffer, who operates eight Five Guys in the Raleigh-Durham, N.C. area.

Ruffer also said that he had to scrap plans to build three additional restaurants because he’s still waiting for after the Obama administration to explain all the rules and penalties involved in the healthcare bill.

“I’m kind of in a holding pattern,” said Ruffer, adding that he’s not the only franchise owner to hold back.

“Ruffer was the star witness at a Monday Heritage Foundation seminar on the impact Obamacare will have on small businesses,” Bedard notes. “He is typical of many: Because he has enough full time employees to activate the law, he faces either coughing up the money to provide health insurance or paying a fine of up to $3,000 per worker.”

 

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  1. Phillip says:

    Well time to change burger joints. I could care less if it’s a Republican or Democrat issue, I just don’t like the places where I get my food to spout off their political BS. And the Heritage Foundation? Jesus Christ!! you people have no shame.

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