Florida restaurant charging customers for Obamacare

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Some Florida restaurants are tacking on a 1% Obamacare surcharge to their customers’ bills. 

The owners claim that increased health insurance expenses have forced them to split the costs with the customer.

As one restaurant warns: “The costs associated with ACA compliance could ultimately close our doors.”

Jonathan Chait observes that the owner doesn’t have a line item for, “say, financing the Department of Defense.”

“The main problem here is that, as an act of propaganda, this is completely self-defeating … Making the two people buying lunch fork over an additional 20 cents to cover health insurance for the restaurant’s employees … really doesn’t sound like the worst deal in the world.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.