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Restaurant’s healthcare surcharge draws strong responses
Los Angeles Times

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.”