Saturday, March 1, 2014

Obamacare Fees Now Served at Your Restaurant!

All that I could say on my facebook page when I saw this surface for the first time was "Holy Crap"...

Check out this article from CNN.  Some restaurants are now charging fees on YOUR tab for ObamaCare.  I am sure it honestly has to be because they can't afford handling this charge as a small business.  I mean, Right? I hope they are being honest...hmmm because then I could be a sucker.  Look at the companies that dropped health insurance benefits last year, most were unannounced because they were small businesses.  In August it was announced that UPS planned to stop certain spouses from getting health benefits and in September Trader Joe's announced that it would be cutting health benefits for part-timers.

But the truth is, I don't want to go eat at a restaurant that has an Obamacare charge on it either.

This is what was shared on facebook February 27th among several people:

Now on your restaurant bill: Obamacare fee

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Several restaurants in a Florida chain are asking customers to help foot the bill for Obamacare.
Diners at eight Gator's Dockside casual eateries are finding a 1% Affordable Care Act surcharge on their tabs, which comes to 15 cents on a typical $15 lunch tab. Signs on the door and at tables alert diners to the fee, which is also listed separately on the bill.
The Gator Group's full-time hourly employees won't actually receive health insurance until December. But the company said it implemented the surcharge now because of the compliance costs it's facing ahead of the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate kicking in in 2015.
"The costs associated with ACA compliance could ultimately close our doors," the sign reads. "Instead of raising prices on our products to generate the additional revenue needed to cover the costs of ACA compliance, certain Gator's Dockside locations have implemented a 1% surcharge on all food and beverage purchases only."
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The company employs a total of 500 people, with about half working full-time. Currently only management receives health benefits, but the restaurant will have to offer coverage to all full-timers once the mandate takes effect. The fee will allow the company to continue offering full-time hours to many workers, according to Sandra Clark, the group's director of operations.
"I'm just trying to keep the employees I have that I've worked hard to train," Clark said.
In addition to the costs of providing health care, the company hired one additional staffer and a consulting firm to make sure it is complying with the law and to assist in the additional tracking of workers' hours and wages required by Obamacare, said Clark.
Clark is not sure how much the company is spending on compliance, but estimates that it will cost $500,000 a year to extend insurance to its full-time hourly restaurant workers. The surcharge may bring in about $160,000 a year, she hopes.
Thirteen other Gator's Dockside restaurants, which are run by a different firm and its franchisees, are not implementing the fee.
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Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, an upscale restaurant is also asking guests to pony up for its employee health care costs.
Since it opened in November, Republique's tab comes with an optional 3% surcharge that allows it to employ all of its 80 workers full-time and provide them with health insurance. The fee is explained in a sign and on the menu, and servers explain it to diners without prompting.
The surcharge is not related to Obamacare, a restaurant spokeswoman said. The eatery is not subject to the employer mandate until 2016 because it has fewer than 100 workers, but it already offers coverage to its staff.
How are customers reacting to the fee? So far, most people are paying it, she said.  To top of page

First Published: February 27, 2014: 7:09 AM ET


  1. Sweet ain't it? But it's gonna cost America a lot more. I hate Democrats.

    ~Jeff Eckerson

  2. Leave it to Huffington Puffington to put a negative spin on it and blame the evil restaurants.

    ~ Elaine Eckerson

  3. This sucks! I will NEVER eat at any place that makes US pay for ACA!!!! If those businesses can't afford insurance for their people..........then THEY know what THEY gotta' do! ERGGGGGGGGGGGG

    ~Betsy Mancuso

  4. Sorry Betsy but you're going to pay for it one way or another. Old saying is, 'there is never a tax on businesses, there is only a tax on consumers'. And that's true because like every expense, and that includes a tax, has to be passed on to the consumer of their product. Businesses don't just eat their costs. At least with the businesses putting the surcharge on the receipt people might wake up and realize that nothing is free and that includes healthcare.

    ~ Jeff Eckerson

  5. And just a qualifier. If it was me, I would have made the surcharge reflect my total cost. Meaning it would have been much higher. Or I would have just cut hours to 29.5 per week.

    ~ Jeff Eckerson