Skip to comments.Another ObamaCare mandate we had to discover after its passage
Posted on 03/28/2010 9:22:25 AM PDT by RobinMasters
Nancy Pelosi told the public that wed have to pass ObamaCare to find out all of the surprises Democrats had loaded into it. Since its passage, weve discovered a number of them, including the elimination of a tax credit that kept seniors on private medication coverage that has forced publicly-held corporations like AT&T, Caterpillar, John Deere, and Verizon to take massive charges against this years earnings. Earlier this week, the Associated Press discovered a new mandate, this time on chain restaurants, that is at once petty, paternalistic, and anti-growth:
A requirement tucked into the nations massive health care bill will make calorie counts impossible for thousands of restaurants to hide and difficult for consumers to ignore. More than 200,000 fast food and other chain restaurants will have to include calorie counts on menus, menu boards and even drive-throughs.
The new law, which applies to any restaurant with 20 or more locations, directs the Food and Drug Administration to create a new national standard for menu labeling, superseding a growing number of state and city laws. President Barack Obama was expected to sign the health care legislation Tuesday.
The idea is to make sure that customers process the calorie information as they are ordering. Many restaurants currently post nutritional information in a hallway, on a hamburger wrapper or on their Web site. The new law will make calories immediately available for most items.
(Excerpt) Read more at hotair.com ...
Another “we can’t think for ourselves” moment.....
Must feed the cattle properly. Welcome to the USSA
Pray for America
Oh well, it was a great country while it lasted. Thanks Progressives!
The CEOs should announce about 2,500,000 layoffs and see how Obummer squirms then as the companies right size again. Healthcare will cause many more layoffs this year
why are they having to post it anyway? nanny nanny nanny
A lot of expense and hassle for the restaurant owners, and most people will ignore the labels anyway. Those who bother to read them won’t find accurate information—recipes change, sometimes slightly, sometimes a lot. What a crock.
Keep writing SCOTUS and beseeching them to hear Orly Taitz [or one of the other] Lawsuits against 0bama.
I contend that the QUICKEST and BEST way to end the debacle named 0bama is through SCOTUS declaring him ineligible to be President and therefore anything he’s signed by fiat or legislation to be Null and Void.
Please do this even if you think it’s futile. It only takes one little straw placed on top of all the other straws to break the back of a camel. Your letter may be that final little straw.
Barack Obama is now your meal time nanny.
Ummm... re: the AT&T thing... I actually agree with it. Do you know what the provision is? It was an *error* in the tax code.
“AT&T previously received a tax-free benefit from the government to subsidize health-care costs for retirees, who would otherwise be on a Medicare Part D plan. Under the new bill, AT&T will no longer be able to deduct that subsidy.”
AT&T was getting money from the government and then being able to deduct that same amount from their taxes — a double bonus. They can still get the money, but getting the money shouldn’t mean your taxes on *other* earnings should be lower.
This was a stupid rule and I’m glad to see it changed. Maybe the price was too high, but this one provision, I agree with.
Every single aspect of your life, every single activity, hobby, sport, pass time will be evaluated and taxed based on the government's assessment of its impact on the cost of health care.
I think if I ran a fast food joint, I’d make it an advertising campaign.
We’ve sell the highest calorie burger and fries combo in town, and more calories for the dollar of any of our competitors. We’ll even throw in a fried ice cream dessert for free.
As others have stated, the ultimate goal of these fascists is to control every single aspect of our lives. All of these are baby steps, soon they will be jackboot steps unless we stop them. I’m older than dirt, and I remember the lessons of WWII and pre-WWII. Lots of people have either forgotten them or were never taught. (Lots of people think I’m a silly old alarmist.)
The chains should test this in the courts.
By the time these fast food restaurants add employee health care, reprinting costs for all menus and packaging, a possible Added Value Tax, and who knows what else, a Big Mac will probably come in at a meager $15......
Don’t laugh...a whopper vale meal here in Sweden is close to $10.
My wife is thinking we should go buy 100 - 200 right now and freeze them.....
When the IRS throws me in prison for non compliance I will have plenty of time to read up on why I’m locked up.
I will not comply, I will not pay the fine and I will not play nice.
They found my hill and I’m keeping it
Mmhmm... member this???
So thats what we want to do on global warming here in the United States.
“We are also, though, going have to negotiate with other countries. China, India, in particular Brazil. They are growing so fast that they are consuming more and more energy, and pretty soon, if their carpet footprint even approaches ours, were goners. Thats part of the reason why weve got to make the investment; weve got to lead by example. If we lead by example if we lead by example, then we can actually export and license technology that have been invented here to help them deal with their growth pain. But keep in mind, youre right. We cant tell them, dont grow. We cant drive our SUVs and you know, eat as much as we want and keep our homes on you know, 72 degrees at all times, and whether were living in the desert or were living in the tundra, and then just expect that every other countrys going say OK.
You guys go ahead and keep on using 25 percent of the worlds energy. Even though you only account for 3 percent of the population, and well be fine. Dont worry about us. Thats not thats not leadership. Thats not going to happen.”
Oops, quotation marks were supposed to be starting at—”So that’s what we want to do on global warming here in the United States.”
Nice to see that at least there are two of us who get it! ... The democrap party had three vehicles by which they meant to take control of Amerika: cap&tax, OR healthcare control, OR national ID hooked to interstate commerce as part of an amnesty bill.
I have to wonder if that’s not what the muslim wants. Massive lay offs and the country is kaputs.
I don't think I'll ever see that word without thinking: STUPAK.
It is only the beginning- it won’t be long until the government tells you which item on the menu you are allowed to buy....
If people are too stupid to pay attention to all the health reports, news articles, books, and warnings about the fats, calories, sodium, and chemicals in the food they are eating having the calorie count on a menu isn't going to change their habits one bit. It will however, limit the selections, specials, new items, of many restaurants and prevent many from opening a new location once they reach the magic number of 19 locations. Not to mention adding to the cost of doing business which will be passed on to customers.
Will companies have to get new computer programs or reprogram to add the medical device tax? If so that is another hidden cost that will be passed on to the consumer.
They post some of that stuff already on Subway stuff, doesn’t stop some one from eating a foot long, when all they should eat is a half a one.
Pretty soon they will require it on your kitchen wall!
YES...we need a BUSINESS STRIKE....for about a week! Let’s see how Obomba would fare under that....
“superseding a growing number of state and city laws”
And, there is the real meat and potatoes of the mad march to marxism...supercede local control and local government; bring big brother gubmint to the masses.
This has very little to do with healthcare, and EVERYTHING to do with control and extending the socialist agenda of the anointed one and his 0bamunistas...
It’s time to take back the country.
“I have to wonder if thats not what the muslim wants. Massive lay offs and the country is kaputs.”
You’re still wondering? Hard to convince, aren’t you? Don’t worry, you’ll be a believer yet.
>They post some of that stuff already on Subway stuff, doesnt stop some one from eating a foot long, when all they should eat is a half a one.
$5 footlong! Yay!.
Don't laugh, by the time Obama gets through with us, via the value of the dollar, it will be about $10 trillion.
That is going to cost, and cost and cost.
It is nationwide, and fast food franchise wide, in the millions.
Which, we the people, will get to pay, in the long term.
How many jobs will that come to? Q2 earnings is going to get interesting.
Again with superceding state and local laws. I am currently asking local officials why do we need them if the federal government is making alll the rules. We surely don’t need bloated governments at multiple levels - and the money spent - if they have no authority.
It should get their attention if their jobs are at stake.
“Healthcare will cause many more layoffs this year
This is why the furor about ObamaCare will not die down before the election. Every day will bring news of yet another provision in this massive law that is creating unintended consequences, or news of yet another company having to take a charge against its books, or another entrepreneur angered over his/her new tax load who will report to the press that his plans for expansion or new hiring are on hold or delayed due to Obamacare.
There’s no indication the unemployment rate is going to shrink much over the next 7 months. Quite the contrary, ironically, if things get better, it’s going to encourage people now not even looking for a job (and hence artificially lowering the unemployed count) to begin doing so, at which point unemployment rate may actually RISE even if there isn’t a double-dip recession.
In short, by next November, voters are going to be steaming mad that nearly 2 years and hundreds of billions in stimulus have done NOTHING to improve the economy. They are going to be asking themselves why Congress and the president squandered great gobs of time and the public’s patience pursuing health care reform instead of single-mindedly focusing attention on the economy and jobs. As Obama’s State of the Union promise to pivot towards jobs is played again and again, it will simply remind everyone just how much he lied and the resultant anger will ensure he no longer has a Democrat majority in Congress to do his bidding.
No, I’m not wondering. I used the wrong words. I should have said “I’m wondering if only those of us on freerepublic believe this is what the muslim wants.”
Here is an article Medical Device Firms Cry Foul that has some quotes from various medical device companies. It certainly will raise prices and cost jobs. Here is an interestng quote from that article.
Ernie Whiton, ZOLL's chief financial officer, said his company anticipates being hit with a $7.5 million tax bill under health-care reform. More than 80 percent of the company's revenue comes from device sales.
"We do not anticipate any significant benefit from health reform to our sales, so the tax will be a direct hit to our bottom line -- unless we pass it on to our customers, and that's our intent," Whiton said. "If we are successful in that, it will essentially drive up the cost of health care. If we're not successful, we're going to have to look at doing other things, cutting research and development and moving our manufacturing jobs overseas."
I know we get one and split it! That and a bowl of soup make a light supper.
When I want a burger and fries and cola I don’t care what the calories are so I don’t need the info and those who want the info probably don’t go there anyway-
Obama isn’t my mama-I don’t need or want him telling me what I can or can’t do-
OBAMA’S NOT MY MAMA-