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By David Keene
Allowing states to innovate could reduce dependency on bureaucracy
Topic - John Metz
A fire truck was badly damaged after its aerial ladder touched a high-voltage transmission line at a north Columbia fire station.
In the latest employer backlash against the high costs of President Obama's signature health-care plan, a major Denny's and Dairy Queen franchise owner says he is considering adding an "Obamacare" surcharge that would raise his restaurant's prices by 5 percent.
Mr. Metz said his "Obamacare" surcharge, which at this point is only under consideration, could take effect in January 2014, but reductions in hours may happen sooner.
John Metz, a Florida businessman who owns about 40 Denny's and several Dairy Queen franchises, told the Huffington Post he also is considering cutting employees' hours so as to avoid the mandate to provide health insurance to full-time workers.