The Chicago Tribune is reporting that some restaurants in San Francisco are adding a "Health Fee" when presenting the check to their diners. There is a mandatory fee that employers must cover to help pay for the city's Healthy San Francisco coverage system, and now the cost is being directly passed to the consumers at certain restaurants. Many argue that the health care cost is just another bill for employers to manage, like electricity and rent. Ed Perkins, who authored the Chicago Times article, makes no bones about his contempt for the new practice: "It’s sheer nonsense. Employees’ health insurance is no less of a cost of doing business than rent, property taxes, food costs, security services and all the other inputs businesses require to operate. To single out health care for a separate surcharge is unwarranted."
What do you think? Appropriate way to let diners know where the cost of their meal is going? Or shallow practice to make the bills easier to pay?
Source: Chicago Tribune