Send Thanks! A link has been sent. Done A Minnesota Restaurant’s ‘Minimum Wage Fee’ Is the New ‘Obamacare Tax’ By Arit John 5 hours ago 0 shares View photo A Minnesota Restaurant’s ‘Minimum Wage Fee’ Is the New ‘Obamacare Tax’ A Minnesota restaurant decided to greet the state’s recent minimum wage increase by adding a $0.35-cent “minimum wage fee” to all bills. Minnesota raised its minimum wage to $8.00 per hour on August 1 , up from the federal rate of $7.25.Craig Beemer, the owner of the Oasis Cafe, told The Star Tribune that it will cost him an extra $10,000 a year. Instead of raising the costs of menu items, Beemer decided to add the fee to every receipt. #Stillwater cafe faces heat for adding “minimum wage fee” to offset state’s minimum wage hike http://t.co/ptgG5qOFiN pic.twitter.com/VVtpQpYSjB Kelly Smith (@kellystrib) August 7, 2014 The extra line time echoes the argument some restaurants made when the Affordable Care Act went into effect. One Los Angeles restaurant began to charg a 3 percent Obamacare surcharge . In 2012, a Denny’s franchise owner considered adding a 5 percent Obamacare surcharge .
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Uninsured rate nose-dives in some states- MSN Money
“While a majority of Americans continue to disapprove of the Affordable Care Act , the uninsured rate is declining, as the law intended,” Gallup said. Kentucky is a close second to Arkansas. Its uninsured rate plunged from 20.4 percent in 2013 to 11.9 percent now. According to Gallup, the 10 states that reported the biggest drops in their uninsured ratesall expanded Medicaid as part of the program and all created state-based online marketplaces where their residents could buy individual insurance. Some states refused to expand Medicaid for low-income people and also refused to set up an online marketplace, meaning their residents had to buy individual insurance through a federal marketplace. Gallup said, “The uninsured rate declined 4.0 points in the 21 states that have implemented both of these measures, compared with a 2.2-point drop across the 29 states that have implemented only one or neither of these actions.” The overall impact of the Affordable Care Act is substantial. The national uninsured rate peaked at 18 percent in the third quarter of 2013. It has since dropped to 13.4 percent in the second quarter of this year.
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