Thursday, April 03, 2008

In San Francisco, Health Care Shows Up on Restaurant Bills

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Eating out in San Francisco? Besides the tip, you’ll have to figure in the cost of health care.
The city’s health-care mandate is now showing up as a surcharge on some restaurant bills, MarketWatch reports.

Since the beginning of the year, San Francisco businesses have been required to offer health insurance to employees or pay a fee to the city to fund health care.
Some restaurants are passing the fee on to consumers in the form of a health surcharge, which shows up on the bill as a flat fee ($1 per person, or so) or as a percentage (like sales tax).

Other state and local governments have been keeping an eye on the situation. If the court winds up ruling that only the feds can set benefit requirements, it could force would-be health reformers in statehouses and city halls around the country to reconsider their plans.

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