Florida Restaurant Chain Charging Obamacare Surcharge

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A Florida restaurant chain is out to make your bill political. Eight restaurants that are part of the Gator's Dockside chain are adding a one percent surcharge to customer's bills and clearly marking it as an "ACA surcharge" on customers' receipts. Signs, doors and tables at the restaurants also trumpet the fee.

Of course, the chain won't extend health coverage to all of its full-time employees until December, but they're still charging the fee now anyway.

See also: Miami Restaurateurs Weigh in on Central Florida Restaurant's Obamacare Surcharge


"The costs associated with ACA compliance could ultimately close our doors," a 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 percent surcharge on all food and beverage purchases only."

A receipt of a bill from the restaurant featuring an extra 20 cents tacked on to a $21.15 bill has made the rounds on the Internet.

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The fee is only being charged at eight of the chain's restaurant which are owned by a separate group than the other restaurants.

According to CNN Money, currently only management at the restaurants get health insurance. In December they'll have to extend that benefit to all of its full time employees. Sandra Clark, the group's director of operations, estimates it will cost $500,000 annually to extend health insurance to all of its workers and claims that the surcharge will bring in about $160,000 of that.

Some supporters of the Affordable Care Act have pointed out on social media that they'd be more than happy to pay two extra dimes on a bill for dinner for two if it meant more people got health insurance. Indeed, Clark says most customers have paid the charge without questioning it.


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James G. Camp
James G. Camp

So the pair of $ 2.49 iced teas and the $ 6.49 hot dog with no bread isn't troubling for prices ? How much do they charge for the bread ? More than 20 cents ? Looks like we've been paying for Obamacare in that meal and finally just had it itemized ? I think I boycott that place just because their menu can't even compete with Taco Bell, McDonalds or Little Caesars. Think about it, $ 2 for 8 chicken franks and another $ 1 or so for 8 buns ? That's $ 52 for about $ 3 in food at Publix. Frozen dinners blow away the $ 6.50 hot dog.

Chgo Dave
Chgo Dave

no Andrena Dimitrijevic-Realtora it makes you dependent on government wake up ! cloword piven strategy.a way to get poor people votes to keep Democrats in power.the less you can choose for yourself the more control they have over you !

Chgo Dave
Chgo Dave

tell them why you're boycotting their business !

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

............great idea - actually no different than other add-ons like FUEL SURCHARGE, HANDLING FEE, CORKAGE etc

Frank Darden
Frank Darden

I have always provided health care coverage for all of my employees. It's the right thing to do. If you can't take care of your Employees and be successful maybe you business model could use some improvement. I will never spend a dime anywhere where religion or politics are forced upon me. It's rude vile and crass.

Tony Castaneira
Tony Castaneira

Glad to see so many generous people. That is generous with other people's money. Pompous jerks you are.

Phillip Casner
Phillip Casner

We are turning more Socialistic every day. England has Socialized medicine and I have many friends in England that hate it and many have migrated to the USA. I have worked for a number of firms over the years and had everything from HMO's to PPO's to PPC's and more I can't remember that had all these restrictions. Aetna was one of the worst and I was lucky to never have it. But I can tell you this, I will never ever let an Insurance Company or Government tell me what Doctor will be my Primary Physician. I have been blessed since returning to KC after 13 years in Miami Fl. My Doctor here in the KC Suburbs, takes almost every insurance plan out there. So I have had no worries. And even when I have taken time off between switching jobs and refused to pay Cobra rates, which are ridiculous, my Doctor always gave me my previous insurance rate. I have had this same Doctor for the last 13 years and I would drive 1000 miles to see him. Doctor Patient trust is the most important factor in health care. It's time we take back control of our own destiny.

nickcaprese
nickcaprese

With that crappy menu we the costumers should be the ones charging this establishment with healthcare sub-charges.

Allie Jacklyn
Allie Jacklyn

To the people who say to take it from the tip, is 1) Ignorant. It's the company taking the extra cash, not your server who is getting paid $2.13 an hour. If you go OUT and enjoy the atmosphere and SERVICE, tip appropriately. Its understandable that you don't tip your wife when you eat home. 2) Understand what the guidelines are before going to do them, such as passing a bill like Obamacare.

Jean Francois Bekono
Jean Francois Bekono

If the average retailer raised their prices so you'd pay an extra dollar or two at checkout most of them would be able to pay their employees a living wage *and* provide them with healthcare. Of course in the real world that means the average retailer would simply pocket the extra money. We'd still end up subsidizing their bottom line by providing food stamps and Medicaid for their employees while they continue paying starvation wages and complain about their taxes being too high.

Lenny Lebowitz
Lenny Lebowitz

Big deal 1 percent thats a dollar on a hundred dollar check its the 18 percent they charge for tips that gets me

José Manuel
José Manuel

Well, joke is on them. I am happy to contribute an extra 1% if that means the server gets health insurance. After dropping $ 15 on Valet does it really matter? This only reinforces the fact that ACA is good for the country.

Iluv Sevim
Iluv Sevim

The fact that we allow restaurant owners to pay their waiters $2.50 an hour and have the customers tip the rest is already ludicrous. Are we surprised that they are passing on healthcare costs as well?

Robert Seaborne
Robert Seaborne

I would gladly pay 5% more if it meant the people handling my food had paid sick days and full health insurance.

Chuckie Sandstrom
Chuckie Sandstrom

How morally obtuse do you have to be to gloat on Facebook that your only providing healthcare for your employees because of regulation, I mean to gloat

Phil Landers
Phil Landers

I would gladly pay an extra $1 if it meant people would get treated decently. Not just at a restaurant but any retail outlet. Anybody who doesn't agree is either a real cheapskate or a greedy CEO.

Cindy Mejia
Cindy Mejia

So what you're telling me is that a restaurant is more concerned about there revenue then their own employees meanwhile screwing over their customers? Who wouldn't be happy about providing simple rights to the people that help them grow and be what they are (employees). That restaurant can take the twenty cents and shove them up there a••.

Felix Cheshire Thompson
Felix Cheshire Thompson

Who gives a shit if it helps give employees healthcare coverage I think I can swing the few extra pennies. ALSO tip your WAIT STAFF!

Jason Winburn
Jason Winburn

how will raising minimum wage impact pricing of food and services?

Jason Winburn
Jason Winburn

I think you got that wrong; I think you meant to say it's Democrats who made our healthcare political by passing an unread bill sold on lies and screwing up almost 100% of Americans healthcare.

Chris Anthony
Chris Anthony

another business to cross off my list... If you add it you will lose customers, think twice!!!!

Mayordomo Negro
Mayordomo Negro

^ Joseph Mazon - PRODUCTIVITY means crap when there's no requirements (govt or otherwise) to force companies to do the right thing. This is a prime example of why the ACA was needed. It's clear that regardless of how profitable or PRODUCTIVE this company would have been, they had no intentions of treating their employees as humans & providing healthcare. Unfortunately it took the big bad govt for that.

David Fernandez
David Fernandez

Said the guy who probably never had to worry about health insurance.

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

Vanessa, I don't. Unfortunately, it is simply another entitlement program and managed by government, which usually can't even run itself, let alone help the people. Ultimately, a society has to rely on PRODUCTIVITY. How does entitlement help that goal? We are already paying women to have more kids without baby daddies, so I repeat, NO to Universal Health Care.

Kevin Siegelbaum
Kevin Siegelbaum

Tim Clark, see what? That greedy, partisan fucks like you don't know your ass from your elbow? This is a political statement, and an illegal one. It is charging for an itemized fee that does not exist. Fuck Obamacare right now. How about the douche illegally charging at our expense that he is not even passing to his employees because he legally can't? You're an asshole.

Manuel Moreno
Manuel Moreno

This is the reality of ACA. Kudos to Gators Dockside!

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

This sounds like a good publicity stunt by the chain. They may lose some customers but they will gain notoriety. Until today, I had no idea they existed :)

Vanessa Vázquez
Vanessa Vázquez

i support universal healthcare and you should too. about time we join the rest of the industrialized world.

David Fernandez
David Fernandez

They could have just raised menu prices a few cents to counteract the losses, but noooo. They have to be assholes about it and put "ACA surcharge" on the bill.

Clemente Morales
Clemente Morales

These are the kind of people who try and shoot down a minimum wage hike, yet restaurants can legally pay their servers $2.13 an hour.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

...........these places exist to SCREW THE TOURISTs and a dockside restaurant can get away with selling crap at premium prices to our visiting guests

AND in FT LIQUORDALE you could easily add on another $20 to park your car

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

............so whats wrong with single payer with doctors deciding treatment options = period

once we realize EVERYONE has to PAY IN for a service WE ALL will need someday it will be obvious that starting sooner is better that later

the restrictions only need apply if the actual MEDCIAL costs to be incurred are not funded by ALL individuals whose turn it will come someday to need the same or similar treatment - it's THAT SIMPLE

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.......exactly my sentiment as well

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.................well in the weimar hyper-inflation robbed the workers of value for their labor in that wages rose but prices rose faster so the hidden tax was that loss of value until ultimately a weeks wages wouldn't buy a single hen's egg

industry wins because it can pay in cheaper and cheaper dollars yet convert profits into items holding value (just as they now pay dividends in cheaper and cheaper dollars screwing shareholders) same as workers are screwed

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