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02/26/2013 04:19 pm ET

Republicans, Democrats Both Willing To Pay Extra To Cover Restaurant Workers' Health Care

Perhaps they won't feel the same way when they get the tab, but for now, more than half of voters say they would pay a little bit more for their meals so restaraunts can pay for their employees’ health care, according to a recent survey from Public Policy Polling. And that goes for both Democrats and Republicans alike.

It’s a good thing too, because many eateries have threatened to raise prices in order to cover their workers’ health care costs under Obamacare. The president’s health care reform act requires companies with more than 50 full-time employees to provide health care for all full-time workers or face a penalty.

Franchisees and CEOs alike have said they're considering raising prices as a result. All in all, nearly two-thirds of employers say Obamacare will mean they’ll pay more to cover employees’ health care, according to an August survey from Mercer.

Some businesses are considering a different tactic in coping with Obamacare costs; instead of raising prices, they’re cutting workers’ hours to avoid covering them. Darden Restaurants, the parent company of Olive Garden and Red Lobster, experimented with putting more workers on part-time status, but ultimately backed off after negative public backlash.

(Hat tip: Gawker)

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