PARK SLOPE — A day after announcing it would implement a 3 percent “Affordable Care Act surcharge” to pay for employees’ health care, a popular local pizza joint said it'll remove the charge from menus because some customers viewed it as “anti-Obamacare,” owners said.
Franny’s on Flatbush Avenue raised prices and added the surcharge Tuesday in an effort to give more money to its cooking staff and pay for employer-mandated health care required by the ACA, they said.
Co-owners Francine Stephens and Andrew Feinberg announced the change in a letter to customers, saying they wanted “transparency” for their price hikes.
But on Wednesday, the restaurant ditched the Obamacare surcharge because of backlash from those who thought the 3 percent bump was a criticism of the health care legislation.
“It is appearing that many of our guests are viewing the proposed ACA surcharge as anti-Obamacare, which is so unfortunate, because it is in fact, quite the opposite!” the owners wrote in a follow-up letter to customers.
Instead of adding 3 percent to bills across the board, Franny’s plans to absorb the cost into certain menu items to be determined, the pair said.
Before the surcharge was removed, the Obamacare charge elicited a lot of strong feelings on both sides from Franny’s customers.
“Happy to contribute by paying a very nominal higher price for their staff to get health care,” tweeted user NWBklyn, an area resident.
“Still worth it,” tweeted user Tamara Cohen about the surcharge.
Others weren’t as positive.