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Restaurant's healthcare surcharge draws strong responses (3% healthcare fee)
LA Times ^

Posted on 02/20/2014 5:14:53 PM PST by Red in Blue PA

I had breakfast at Republique on La Brea Avenue on Tuesday, and here's how the tab broke down:

Cafe Americano — $3.25

Quiche — $5

Tax — 0.77

Surcharge Healthy LA — 0.25

The last item is the one creating a little controversy at the new high-end restaurant in the old Campanile space. The owners are adding a 3% fee to every bill, which they say will pay for healthcare insurance for all their employees, from hostesses and bartenders to dishwashers and potato peelers.

"This is offensive," snapped one Yelper, who called the fee "a 3% surcharge for Obamacare."

Bill Chait, one of the owners, said most customers have been fine with the charge. But I found one breakfast diner with a bit of indigestion over the fee.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: obamacare

1 posted on 02/20/2014 5:14:53 PM PST by Red in Blue PA
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To: Red in Blue PA
Costs need to passed on.

Who eventually pays for most everything?

2 posted on 02/20/2014 5:21:50 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Red in Blue PA

Costs must go up. Either the restaurant can raise prices or make a statement with their health fee. I’m glad that this brings attention to the issue.


3 posted on 02/20/2014 5:23:50 PM PST by PuzzledInTX
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To: Red in Blue PA

If I had gone into that restaurant to eat I would have deducted the 3% from the tip and told them so. But, like many others who I suspect will feel the same way, I’d stop going there simply because prices are too high.


4 posted on 02/20/2014 5:24:21 PM PST by HarleyD ("... letters are weighty, but his .. presence is weak, and his speech of no account.")
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To: Red in Blue PA

he could have hidden it in raised item prices, but he chose instead to show customers a more detailed breakdown.

if he just raised all prices 3%tand didn’t say why, this clown probably wouldn’t have said anything or just accepted a general ‘everything’s going up, i gotta charge more’ answer.


5 posted on 02/20/2014 5:24:35 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

The only problem I have is learning Camponile’s is gone.

Use to love eating lunch there and watching stars come and go.


6 posted on 02/20/2014 5:26:51 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Just say,”No!”


7 posted on 02/20/2014 5:28:11 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Red in Blue PA

The guy thinks the 3% fee to cover ObamaCare taxes is “offensive”, maybe they should show how much in other Federal taxes are embedded in the cost of his meal. . . he would be a hell of a lot more than “offended”.


8 posted on 02/20/2014 5:34:45 PM PST by RatRipper (The political left are utterly evil and corrupt)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Protest Zer0care by staying at home for dinner. You probably can't afford to eat out anyways.... that's reserved for Dear Leader.

Hahahah... I gotta laugh... Mark Levin just mentioned this news piece as I type this and hit send.

9 posted on 02/20/2014 5:35:48 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: HarleyD

I love it when businesses print out all the various taxes on receipts. I don’t think they go far enough. They should put in all the hidden cost of fees, fines, compliance (accounting, lawyers, lobbyist, etc).

I like when a few brave gas stations have printed out the federal, state and local taxes on a gallon of gas. You don’t see them doing it much, so I wonder if it is illegal or their fear retribution?


10 posted on 02/20/2014 6:03:13 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: Rodamala

There is a real easy way to get around this....don’t go there to eat or any other place that is doing this, pretty soon they will go out of business...just what bambaboy wants...the more for government to support....


11 posted on 02/20/2014 6:07:50 PM PST by HarleyLady27 (Get the USA out of the UN then get the UN out of the USA; send bamaboy back to Kenya ASAP!!!!)
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To: HarleyLady27

If you avoided everything that has taxes included you would not live very well.


12 posted on 02/20/2014 6:24:51 PM PST by ully2
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To: Red in Blue PA

I just moved from Los Angeles. Now live in the south west burbs of Chicago. I didn’t live far from Republique, La Brea Bakery was next door, but had to move up the street to La Brea and 3rd St. If these liberals think this 3% surcharge is outrageous wait until they finally figure out that when they sell their homes or investment properties that have a profit of over $250,000 they will now pay another 3.8% in Obamacare tax.


13 posted on 02/20/2014 6:29:39 PM PST by Beave Meister (Die Hard Cubs Fan.....if it takes forever.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

They should be taxing the rich hollywood libs...to help pay for healthcare for the “little people”...The Streisand Effect Tax Law!


14 posted on 02/20/2014 7:06:44 PM PST by Dallas59 (Obama: The first "White Black" President.)
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To: PuzzledInTX

McCormick and Schmidt’s in SF had the same posting on their bill in 2010.


15 posted on 02/20/2014 7:15:18 PM PST by chrisinoc
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To: Red in Blue PA
I actually somewhat approve of their action.

I think it is better to tell people why the cost of their purchases is going up rather than bury it in another dime for the coffe and fifteen cents for the quiche.

16 posted on 02/20/2014 7:29:52 PM PST by sjmjax (Politicans are much like bananas. They start off green, turn yellow then rot.)
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To: HarleyD

He isn’t adding 3% to the tab, he’s just breaking it out so customers can see it.


17 posted on 02/20/2014 7:32:22 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: HarleyD

I read the article, and stand corrected. There are adding the 3% to the bill.


18 posted on 02/20/2014 7:34:00 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: Red in Blue PA; a fool in paradise

That’s how it should be, instead of hiding the confiscation by the government. Instead of payroll withholding, we each ought to have to send a check to the Treasury every quarter. That would teach us something, like Amazon’s tax free sales taught us.


19 posted on 02/20/2014 7:38:00 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

this is how at&t showed the charges on their new bill in the early 80’s. we designed the mobile bills after they decided this approach. show all the detailed taxes, fees etc and what the phone company is actually charging for phone service. remember how your phone bill got bigger.


20 posted on 02/20/2014 8:29:03 PM PST by kvanbrunt2
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To: Red in Blue PA

This is a tax loophole. The restaurant could have easily raised the price of food. That would be taxable. The 3% Healthcare would not be. The owners were on BOR tonite.


21 posted on 02/20/2014 8:51:07 PM PST by o-n-money
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To: Red in Blue PA
"This is offensive," snapped one Yelper, who called the fee "a 3% surcharge for Obamacare." ...hey, great example of transparency - let the people know exactly what they're paying for - just what this administration promised the country.....
22 posted on 02/20/2014 9:18:28 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Red in Blue PA

Leaving a 15% tip to be divided among all non-salary personnel would be fine by me. The 3% needs to be coming out of the Owner/Managerial tightwads’ pockets. I refuse to be taxed even once for Obamacare, let alone for anyone else’s over and over again! Eaters of quiche, however, as they are subhuman, Ecotopian, Tree Hugging Obamanites, should pay for everyone’s healthcare.

I only want a Ham & Cheese Omlet, no side order of tax, thank you...


23 posted on 02/21/2014 12:22:15 AM PST by Birdsbane ("Onward through the fog!" ... Oat Willie)
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To: HarleyLady27

An easy way to get around what? Being reminded that Obamacare is raising prices? Paying those higher Obamacare-caused prices?


24 posted on 02/21/2014 6:05:06 AM PST by jiggyboy
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To: jiggyboy

Maybe I didn’t make myself clear enough:

“Don’t go to places that charge for things that bambaboy is causing” Understand now?!


25 posted on 02/21/2014 4:38:37 PM PST by HarleyLady27 (Get the USA out of the UN then get the UN out of the USA; send bamaboy back to Kenya ASAP!!!!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Here’s an article about Obamacare:
http://drsocial.org/forums/topic/151/obama-care-the-benefits-and-harm


26 posted on 04/12/2014 1:29:30 PM PDT by Healthman (Healthcare)
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