This Florida Eatery Is Adding A Surcharge To the Bill To Help Pay For ObamaCare

February 27, 2014

If you’re dining at Gator’s Dockside in Florida, expect to find an ObamaCare surcharge added to the bill.

The restaurant has incorporated a 1% fee on all food and drink into the check in order to help supplement the higher healthcare of full-time workers once ObamaCare’s employer mandate goes into effect next year.

A sign at the restaurant alerts customers to the charge: “The costs associated with ACA compliance could ultimately close our doors,” reports CNN. “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.”

The restaurant has estimated that it will cost $500,000 more per year to extend insurance benefits to all full-time hourly restaurant workers. The surcharge could bring in about $160,000 per year and would help to cover some of those added costs.

Businesses across the country are in such disarray because of President Obama’s health care law that they are even being forced to add costs to consumers to help foot the bill. It’s time House Democrats stood up for small businesses and decry ObamaCare and its disastrous effect on free enterprise.

From CNN:

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.