This Florida Restaurant Chain Charges Customers Extra To Cover Obamacare Costs
If you're planning to dine at one of the Florida restaurants owned by chain Gator's Dockside, keep this one in mind: Along with tax, tip, and the price of your food, several Gator's Dockside establishments are asking customers to chip in for Obamacare fees. Yup, you read that right. Because the Affordable Care Act requires employers to cover the health insurance of full-time employees, at least eight of the Florida chain's restaurants are charging customers a one percent surcharge to help cover the price.
If there was ever a creative way to crowdfund, this is it.
The restaurant employees won't actually receive healthcare until Dec. 2014, but Gator's Dockside wanted to get an early start on paying their Obamacare fee, which will cost them up to $500,000 per year. The one percent surcharge won't help them out that much — right now, they're estimating it will bring in $160,000 a year — but it'll help.
The chain recently placed a sign up announcing the reasons for the new surcharge, which reads:
And here's copy of an infamous Gator's Dockside receipt, which isn't shy about pointing out the surcharge.
Now, we're just waiting for conservative pundits to take on this new development.
And even if Gator's Dockside is struggling with the additional costs the ACA incurs, Obamacare enrollment is doing better — numbers came in at 3.3 million two weeks ago.