Some restaurant owners are charging customers a percentage of their tab to cover their own bill for Obamacare.
A snapshot of such a tab has hit the Internet. The Executive Editor of CNN Money, Chris Peacock, tweeted Thursday an up-close image. You can see the surcharge at the bottom: $0.20 for “ACA” — the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The total lunch bill was $22.84 (2 ice teas, 1 chicken sandwich and 1 chili cheese dog).
Several eateries that are part of a Florida chain are doing this.
Diners at eight Gator’s Dockside establishments are getting a 1 percent Affordable Care Act surcharge on their tabs, CNN Money reports.
That’s about 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.
Undoubtedly, this will feed the opposition to Obamacare quite a bit of ammunition.
Reportedly, the Gator Group’s full-time employees won’t actually receive health insurance until December. The company says it is charging customers the 1 percent now to get a head-start on compliance costs that will be part of the ACA employer mandate in 2015.
Gator Group employs a total of 500 people, with about half working full-time. Right now, only management receives health benefits, but the restaurant will have to offer coverage to all full-timers once the mandate takes effect.
And now, here are some interesting responses to Peacock’s initial tweet of the meal tab snapshot.
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