Five Guys Owner Latest to Not Provide Healthcare to Workers and Blame Obamacare

A Five Guys Burgers franchise owner has become the latest restaurant owner to join the industry's war on Obamacare.

Mike Ruffer, who owns and operates eight Five Guys in the Durham, North Carolina area, told the Examiner that any additional costs to his business thanks to the healthcare mandate portion of the Affordable Health Care act would be passed on to customers who enjoy his greasy hamburgers and french fries: 

Ruffer was the star witness at a Monday Heritage Foundation seminar on the impact Obamacare will have on small businesses. 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.

Ruffer initially thought he would escape the law because he created each restaurant as its own company. But the law doesn't recognize that distinction, so now he's trying to determine if he can fire enough workers, or cut enough hours, to slide out of the grasp of Obamacare.

How do these anti-tax, anti-government, anti-worker, anti-Middle-Class activists think they got their wealth and power - from their unique and superior business genius or from the workers, the infrastructure and the markets and customers that a stable society supports?

In addition to being a greedy, self-serving move on the part of owners, it's also a risky business proposition, as othe owners who have come out publically against the health care mandate have experienced a backlash from customers.

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