Restaurants Add Health Charge: Insurance Costs Diners

San Francisco employers are mandated to provide health care for employees. As a result, some restaurant owners are adding a charge to each bill, on a separate line, so that diners know exactly what they are paying for. It’s like the “resort” charge at some hotels, or the airline fuel surcharge.

 Restaurant Health Charge – “Healthy San Francisco”

The writer of this article doesn’t like the practice. He says adding an identified fee is “self-righteous,” and the fee is no different than paying rent. Well, no. There’s a big difference. A restaurant owner has to pay rent, but without the mandate, he/she doesn’t have to provide insurance for employees.

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