Restaurants Charging Customers Obamacare Surcharge

President Obama, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi continue to tell America that Obamacare is saving them money when just the opposite is true.  They deny reports that many employers have cut employees hours to less than 30 per week.  They deny reports that some employers have laid off workers or that some small businesses have had to close their doors, all due to the costs of Obamacare.

I wonder what they will say if they ever travel to Florida and stop in to eat at one of 21 Gator’s Dockside restaurants?  Some of the restaurants in the Florida chain have started charging a 1% ACA surcharge (Affordable Care Act surcharge) on all food and beverage purchases only.  So if you take your family in to one of the Gator’s Dockside restaurants and spend $50 on food and drinks, you will see ACA Surcharge: $0.50 on your receipt.

A sign outside the restaurants states:

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“The costs associated with ACA compliance could ultimately close our doors. 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.”

Sandra Clark, Director of Operations for Gator’s Dockside said that complying with the employer mandate (now delayed to 2016) will cost their company around $500,000 a year.  The ACA surcharge is expected to bring in an additional $160,000, far from what’s needed to cover the costs of Obamacare, but Clark said it is needed so they can keep their employees that they have spent time and money training.

Under the employer mandate, employers with 50 or more full time employees will be required to provide healthcare benefits to their workers.  Under Obamacare, fulltime means anyone working 30 or more hours where in the past it was anything over 34 hours per week.  Failure to comply will result in a $2,000 fine per employee.  Some businesses have already said it would be much cheaper to pay the fine than to spend up to $15,000 a year per employee for healthcare benefits.

In spite of Reid and VP Joe Biden’s denials, businesses across the nation have been scrambling trying to figure out the best financial solution to the demands that Obamacare is placing on them.  I wonder how many more restaurants or other businesses will pick up on the idea of charging their customers a surcharge to help pay for their costs of complying with our socialized national healthcare system?

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