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Papa John's CEO John Schnatter Says Company Will Reduce Workers' Hours In Response To Obamacare

10:14 pm - 11/09/2012

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In the wake of President Obama's reelection, one CEO is doubling down on his criticisms of Obamacare.

Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter said he plans on passing the costs of health care reform to his business onto his workers. Schnatter said he will likely reduce workers’ hours, as a result of President Obama's reelection, the Naples News reports. Schnatter made headlines over the summer when he told shareholders that the cost of a Papa John’s pizza will increase by between 11 and 14 cents due to Obamacare.

"I got in a bunch of trouble for this," he said, referring to the comments he made in August, according to Naples News. "That's what you do, is you pass on costs. Unfortunately, I don't think people know what they're going to pay for this."

Schnatter went on to say he's neither in support of, nor against the Affordable Care Act, even admitting that "the good news is 100 percent of the population is going to have health insurance.” But he’s not the only one in the chain restaurant industry to admit that workers hours may be reduced, since Obamacare mandates that only employees that work more than 30 hours per week are covered under their employers health insurance plan. For example, Darden restaurants, the parent company of Olive Garden and Red Lobster, has already experimented with reducing workers hours in anticipation of the legislation.

Others have responded to the added costs of Obamacare more harshly, includingApplebee's which has said it won’t hire new workers because of the law. Just this week, a Georgia business owner also claimed he cut employees due to Obamacareand in fact had specifically laid off those who he thought had voted for President Obama.


Welp, yet another reason to patronize my local pizza place (that and their pizza isn't total shit...Go Amante is Seattle!) Also, yeah--I realy believe that this douchcanoe is totally neutral on Obamacare. Riiiiight.
shortsweetcynic 10th-Nov-2012 04:06 pm (UTC)
whatever, assbag, didn't like your pizzas anyway.

that 30 hours a week figure is giving me the belly-rumblins about the company meeting my husband's employers have called next week. he's currently full-time; as soon as he said something i said "they're going to cut your hours, your pay, or both, and blame it on obamacare. mark my words."

and they'll do it so that they don't have to give up that third vehicle or brand new boat.

(i really, really hate those assholes, btw. they are a tiny and shining example of why trickle-down doesn't work.)
shortsweetcynic 10th-Nov-2012 04:07 pm (UTC)
edit: wait, never mind. that's for business with 50+ employees and I think the shop tops out around 20.

hinoema 10th-Nov-2012 05:39 pm (UTC)
How many shops have 50+? If it only affects a non-existent demographic, then it's all 'piss and wind' for PR, so to speak.
shortsweetcynic 10th-Nov-2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
an excellent point. and i should have clarified: he doesn't work for papa johns. the shop in question is a commercial printer i used to work for and he works for still, back in the bindery department.

so knowing that, if they breathe even a word of pay/time cuts because waah obamacare, i will go fucking thermonuclear on them. (i'm already looking into how i can get both of us independently insured, since i have zero faith they'll do anything to actually help their staff.)
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