Two Los Angeles restaurant owners are stirring controversy with their addition of a 3 percent surcharge to every bill in order to pay for their employees’ health care.

Republique owners Bill Chait and Walter Manzke do not have to provide health insurance for their employees under ObamaCare because they’re an 80-employee business, but Chait and Manzke say they want to provide insurance for their staff anyway.


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Chait told Bill O’Reilly that they can’t add the tax into the bill because California has a restrictive gratuity system, and none of it can be shared with the kitchen.

“[The tax] is a way of taking a portion of gratuity and dispersing it to the kitchen,” Manzke explained.


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Watch their full interview above.

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