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'Obamacare Surcharge': Florida restaurant charging extra 1 percent to food bills

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An “Obamacare Surcharge” is being added to all bills by one Florida restaurant chain in what is being viewed as a risky but necessary move. A popular set of eateries, known as Gator’s Dockside, has confirmed that they will be adding a 1 percent additional charge to all food bills in order to offset the costs of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). UPI News reveals this Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, that while the controversial decision is certainly not appreciated by all Florida customers, the company says that it is a necessary decision in order to stay financially afloat in the 2015 year and beyond.

Within the Lake County and Jacksonville areas of Florida, no less than ten Gator’s Dockside restaurant chains will be adding an “Obamacare Surcharge” to its customers’ food bills. In order to handle the rising health care costs, each chain site will be posting an official sign saying that an extra 1 percent charge will be included on guests’ tabs when eating there

"We wanted to definitely be transparent that affordable healthcare is part of the cost of doing business," Sandra Clark, the director of operations with franchise owner Gator's Dockside Group, confirmed in a statement this week.

It’s a difficult decision for both parties, this “Obamacare Surcharge.” While some customers are understandably upset, there is the notion that the restaurant chain has to be able to pay its employees well and cover their mandatory health insurance now.

"I don't think it's the right thing to do because, you know, you're penalizing us. But at the same time you have to pay employees and take care of them as well and I totally understand that too," said customer Mauri Carver.

Adds the report:

"I don't agree with it. I don't," noted customer Brian Earwood.

The food site owners said that the 1 percent surcharge will aid them in paying new healthcare costs for over 500 full-time employees in the Florida restaurants. As part of the Affordable Care Act implemented by President Obama, all official companies with over 50 full-time employees must give them health care coverage for workers starting on Jan. 1, 2015.

"We're definitely doing it to stay afloat. It's not political in any way. The president may have brought this agenda to forefront. It's law now and what's law made it real for us," said the spokesperson.

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