This topic involves the intersection of a contentious political policy and dining. Politics is off limit discussion here at Cheftalk so let me layout some ground rules for this thread. No discussion pro or con about the Affordable Care Act itself. Such posts will be deleted. This is just about how customers will respond to this and how restauranteurs will implement handling the new economic requirements.
A Florida restaurant is calling out a 1% surcharge to cover some of their increased costs due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. They include signage at the entrance to the restaurant and other places to make the customer aware of the add-on.
Personally, I think the surcharge is a reasonable way to handle the increased cost burden INITIALLY. It explains to the customer WHY the bill is higher and the restaurant doesn't have to reprints their menus and other infrastruture. I think after a year or 18 months, or at least by the next menu printing, this should be made invisible to the consumer and the restaurant will be able to merge the extra costs into their price structuring with a more informed adjustment.