Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Don't touch that chicken leg or mega-burger

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 8:22 AM

I love (the very Christian) Solachi Voz, particularly this video, "Soul Food." My favorite line: "I hope the message sticks like cholesterol."

Also, check out Timothy Egan's NY Times post about a Five Guys franchise owner whining about offering health insurance to his employees under Obamacare:

Here's a guy selling something that is a leading contributor to the major health breakdowns in America, a product that may ultimately hasten an early death. He won't offer insurance to the poorly paid workers who make said time bombs. But now that he's forced to, and plans to raise prices to cover the care, he thinks this is an awful thing.

And Five Guys is not exactly struggling. It is the fastest growing restaurant chain in our fast food nation, with revenue projected to pass $1 billion this year.

In the burger master's view, the government is forcing him to "pass on the costs to customers," he said. But he already passes on considerable costs to customers who may never sniff a Five Guys fry. Because he doesn't give his employees health care, they show up as charity cases at the hospital emergency room when something goes wrong. Last year, the uninsured cost the system $39.3 billion. Guess whom the expenses are passed on to?

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