Restaurants were some of the biggest whiners when it came to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Papa John’s famously said that they would pass the costs on to the customers. Some are even itemizing the fee on receipts.
One restaurant in Austin, Texas has added an “Obama Care Margarita” to its menu, with a $1.00 surcharge to help cover Obamacare costs. Here’s the tweet with picture from Twitter celeb for the day, David Neff (@daveiam).
— David J. Neff (@daveiam) November 21, 2014
The responses were not happy.
— Sean Cafferky (@SeanCafferky) November 21, 2014
— JJ (@jenztweets) November 21, 2014
— O⅃ Λ☆ (@ojas) November 21, 2014
The Salty Sow responded that it was a joke gone awry and they pulled it off the menu:
@daveiam Thank you for bringing this up. The cocktail was meant tongue-in-cheek and got out of hand. We’ve removed it from our menu.
— Salty Sow (@SaltySow) November 21, 2014
That didn’t go over well with patrons either:
So it was a joke? Seems more like an ill-advised political statement, so maybe don’t quit your day-job, k? @SaltySow
— Travis Willmann (@TravisWillmann) November 23, 2014
— Brian Lemons (@MinutiaeMlLITIA) November 25, 2014
— Lpadilla (@LPadilla00) November 25, 2014
Perhaps the joke would have gone over better if it had come from Massachusetts, where most people have insurance, or even Kentucky, where the Affordable Care Act is being embraced. Instead, it’s coming from the state with the worst uninsured rate in the union and it’s doubtful that the restaurant workers and others who lack insurance are laughing.