Mostly, I just believe that I’m never going to stop learning what it is I believe.
—Edwin Hubble Chapin
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.
..And to no one’s surprise, the Gator’s Dockside owners are revealed to be cynical greedy lying bastards who aren’t really interested in health insurance for their employees. .
While I think this is beyond ridiculous, I have ZERO problem paying .20 on a restaurant bill so that the people who are gracious enough to prepare & serve me food (with a smile no less because I have rarely received “bad” service in my life) can have affordable health care.
What were these jackholes hoping to accomplish anyway?
—Henry David Thoreau
—Dr. Brian Weiss