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"We're proud of the fact that since day one, when we had one employee, we offered health insurance," said Douglas Plummer, a small business owner.

He's responsible for eight employees at the Austin Midtown Title Insurance Company.

"Spend some time, find out what's really going on before you start frightening people."


He's responding to recent comments made by big-time business owners opposing President Obama's Affordable Health Care Act.

John Metz, the owner-operator of 40 Denny's restaurants in Florida, said he would not only cut back employee hours but would also add a five percent surcharge to customers' tabs.

"I think a lot of people are sort of talking and expressing a lot of frustration and people don't really know what all the facts are," said Plummer.


Zane Tankel, who owns about 40 Applebees franchises, says as a result of the law's penalties on employers who don't offer health insurance to their workforce "{they} won't build more restaurants {or} hire more people."

Plummer added, "Big companies, like Starbucks for example, for years, has offered health insurance to people who work as little as 20 hours...if a coffee company...can do that, then there's probably a way out there for people to be able to do it."


John Schnatter, the founder and CEO of Papa John's Pizza, says his previous comment, that "franchise owners will be forced to cut employees' hours because they can't afford the costs of health insurance plans" was misunderstood.

"Those people need to be taken care of," Plummer said.


That's why Douglas is busy learning how the full implementation of the law will affect his business and his people.

Plummer added, "We've been starting to meet with our CPA and talking with other folks to see how is it really going to impact us and he's looking at salaries and numbers."


Consumers in the meantime, can express their feelings by simply refusing to give any business their money, for whatever reason.

After some backlash from Denny's customers and the corporate CEO, Metz, has since backed off his plans to add the five percent surcharge.








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