HEALTHCARE BILL CONCERN FOR RESTAURANTS
As President Barack Obama signed a sweeping healthcare reform bill into law last Tuesday, the foodservice industry faces changes of historic proportion.
In addition to requiring many restaurant operators to contribute to healthcare coverage for their employees, the newly passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act also makes menu labeling the law of the land.
The bill, HR 3590, which is expected to expand health insurance coverage to most Americans by 2014, was passed March 12 in the U.S. House of Representatives by a narrow margin of 219 to 212.
"The National Restaurant Association opposed the bill that passed the House because it includes provisions that will impose tremendous burdens on America's restaurants and hurt our industry's ability to create and sustain jobs," said Scott DeFife, the NRA's executive vice president of policy and government affairs.