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Chain Restaurant Industry Laments Supreme Court Decision

For Immediate Release
Stephen E. Schatz (202) 626-8119
SchatzS@NRF.com

Chain Restaurant Industry Laments Supreme Court Decision

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2012 – The National Council of Chain Restaurants Executive Director Rob Green issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) ruling:

“Today’s decision will impose costly burdens on the chain restaurant industry, thousands of small business franchisees and their employees. Throughout the legislative debate on the ACA and over the last two years, NCCR has voiced the industry’s consistent concerns that the law would do significant harm to job growth and the economy. We’re afraid that continues to be the case as the industry braces itself for 2014.

“The ACA imposes heavy mandates on employers using punitive penalties for non-compliance. The law will particularly damage the chain restaurant industry, which operates on thin margins and cannot support costly government imposed mandates.  Many chains have indicated they will have no choice but to cut back on workers’ hours or close restaurants in order to avoid the penalties.

“NCCR opposed the ACA and has advocated instead for reforms that expand access through lower costs.  In 2009, Congress and the president went about health care reform the wrong way.  Instead of making health insurance more affordable, they focused on unrealistic mandates and penalties that do nothing but punish employers and weigh down the economy.

“NCCR will continue to work to repeal the ACA and replace it with common-sense reforms that lower the cost of health care insurance for all Americans.”  

The National Council of Chain Restaurants is the leading trade association exclusively representing chain restaurant companies. For more than 40 years, NCCR has worked to advance sound public policy that best serves the interests of both chain restaurants and the millions of people they employ. NCCR members include some of the country’s largest and most respected quick-serve and casual dining companies. The National Council of Chain Restaurants is a division of the National Retail Federation, the world's largest retail trade group.

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