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Florida restaurant chain adds Obamacare surcharge to bill

Eight Gator’s Dockside restaurants in Florida have started charging their customers for what they claim are Obamacare compliance costs, despite their employees not actually receiving any insurance until the end of the year. And they’re advertising it on the bill and on signs on their windows and doors.

According to Sandra Clark, the group’s director of operations, Gator’s Dockside employs about 500 people, of which around half are full-time employees. Management already gets insurance, but the full-timers on staff don’t. Clark wasn’t able to come up with a specific figure but claims it will cost $500,000 a year to provide health insurance for all of its full-time employees, with the surcharge paying for about $160,000.

Despite Gator’s Dockside’s fevered claims of imminent closure due to increased labor costs, it seems unlikely that a 1% surcharge is going to tank a $16 million business. It seems like Gator’s Dockside doesn’t like paying its staff a legally-mandated minimum standard of living. Cute attempt at getting some anti-Obama publicity, though — time to add some Medicare surcharges, health inspection surcharges, green surcharges, and everything else Florida’s Republicans don’t like.

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