the owner-operators who run and own the stores aren’t. They do not have loads of money and will not be able to pay higher wages without raising their cost of goods… a lot. Also, many employees who have been offered insurance in the past preferred instead to let the taxpayers flip the bill by being uninsured and frequenting emergency rooms. Finally, with the changes to insurance due to Obamacare, these employees are now seeing their hours reduced to less than 30 hours and the insurance they had access to buy into disappear. They will now be force to buy from the exchanges or pay the fine/tax which is $95 or 1% of income but greatly increases over the years.