If you dine at Gator’s Dockside in Florida, know that you are contributing to their employee’s health insurance, because they blatantly charge for it on their receipts.
The restaurant charges 1% tax on meals for an Affordable Care Act surcharge, according to CNN. Employees won’t begin to receive their health insurance until December, but they started charging early “because of the compliance costs it’s facing ahead of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate kicking in in 2015.”
They have a sign up to let customers know that they will be charging. ”The costs associated with ACA compliance could ultimately close our doors,” the sign says. “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.”
Obamacare, which rolled out last October, has gotten a lot of flack for the issues with their website and, for some, plans offered seem to be more expensive.
Sandra Clark, Gator Group’s director of operations, says it will cost $500,000 a year to give health insurance to their full-time employees. With the surcharge, that would alleviate them of around $160,000 each year.
Gator’s Dockside isn’t the only restaurant who is imposing the surcharge. Republique in Los Angeles has an optional 3% surcharge for health insurance, but they say it’s not related to Obamacare.
Would you eat at a restaurant that imposes you pay a health insurance tax?
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