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Los Angeles Restaurants Add 3% “Healthcare” Fee To Checks

You may recall my writing about Minnesotans being up in arms about a fee being added to their checks at a local restaurant to cover the added costs of Obamacare. Well, my native L.A. has adopted the practice, and at upscale eateries to boot. I’m sure the Los Angelite liberals will love this newest wrinkle and market response to a horrible law. From Truth Revolt:

Beginning on September 1, restaurants Lucques, Tavern, A.O.C, and a few offshoots all added a 3 percent surcharge to customers’ checks, explicitly stating in a press release their decisions hinged on covering employee healthcare costs.

Lucques Group, Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, owners of the restaurants, also named several other restaurant groups that will be duplicating their efforts; Restaurants Rustic Canyon, The Hungry Cat and Melisse were among those mentioned.

In the press release, the restaurant owners made sure to mention the business decision had nothing to do with politics, only business.

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This has the opposite effect

This has the opposite effect everywhere it is tried. It mobilizes customers against minimum wage workers, many of whom still can't get any of the benefits their employers are being stung for because people without jobs got in line first. It is an embarassing and shameful play against employees by employers, when it is government and politically connected government contractors that benefit, and both employees and employers that lose.Therefore it makes customers hate those that have the least power, it brews simmering hatred for employers among employees and it produces zero tangible benefits--political or otherwise. Liberals pat themselves on the back when they pay these sorts of taxes; it's everybody else who suffers.

The healthcare law is wrong because it compels people who never sought a service to pay usurious prices for it, to cover people who want a service but don't want to pay for it. Stunts like these make people forget their mutual interests in defeating such laws--consumers and businesses, businesses and their employees. When government comes between them, prices rise, wages fall, but profits stagnate or diminish, for the benefit of freeloaders, that contribute nothing to any of them.

I think that's great!

I think everyone should do that. Maybe (but I doubt it) people would get off their lazy appathetic asses and do something about it!

I must put in my two cents on

I must put in my two cents on the "Affordable Heath Care Act". Because of the high cost of insurance I had only a major medical policy that basically covers only catastrophic sickness or injury requiring hospitalization. This was costing me about $250 a month. This month they jacked me up to $350 a month. I called and asked if I could downgrade my coverage with a higher deductible or whatever. I was told that because of Obamacare this policy can't be renewed or changed, and if I want a new policy under Obamacare there are only two options, one is $650 per month and the other is $750 per month. So I am left with the options of finding an extra hundred a month till I'm old enough for medicare or going without any insurance at all. Isn't living in America wonderful?

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3%? Really? That's it?

3%? Really? That's it? Assuming it happens at all restaurants nation-wide, they'd be taking out, what, $60 from the average American's wallet/year? That is nothing.

Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a

They are only one business.

They are only one business. If 3% was added by every business (and it is... it just isn't labeled so clearly), we are looking at far, far more than $60/year.

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So, the vast majority of

So, the vast majority of working Americans work for a place that offers healthcare that outstrips the Obamacare requirements. Obamacare is targeted at those small businesses that do not offer healthcare, and the un- and self-employed.

For those not employed by another, the burden will fall on the government, not private businesses. So you'd have to look at the relatively small number of businesses really affected by this. On top of that, some will account for Obamacare by accepting less profit.

Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a

You're forgetting that they

You're forgetting that they are probably hiring less people and working people less hours, too.

Well, if that is the case,

Well, if that is the case, they will have less revenue coming in. Presumably, they had maintained a certain level of workers because they needed those workers to produce for them. If they could produce at the same level while hiring fewer people for fewer hours, they would have done so without Obamacare.

Plus, using your logic, more money will be flowing to the healthcare and insurance industries, which would mean more hiring in those sectors.

Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a

It should be 25% everywhere

I needs to slap them up side the head and get their full and immediate attention.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Oh boy

I cannot wait until the sheep in LA start to feel the ugly hand of government interfere with their everyday lives.

They are already feeling the plastic bag ban, I love to rub that deep in, to my friends empty skulls whenever I visit LA.

LA

I live here, and I'm about the only one I know who seems even remotely annoyed with the plastic bag ban. I hate those recyclable bags and usually realize only after I get to the register that I have to answer the dreaded "So...you gonna need a bag?" questions, and make that fateful decision on whether to pay 10 cents to the man or risk dropping my groceries everywhere. I usually pay the man. But groceries have been dropped indeed.

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