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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.
shhh_its_s3cr3t 10th-Nov-2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
People are acting like this is real news. IT ISN"T NEW FOLKS! Almost every industry that can has hired people "part-time" so they can work then 29 hours and get out of providing real benefits. So let's go on and feed into the hatred.... dumb people are going to stay uneducated as long as it supports their fear. :(
scriptedending 10th-Nov-2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
It's not new, but when a CEO comes out trying to justify his selfish motives, it puts a spotlight on the practice and target on his back. And every time I read one of these articles, I read about other prominent employees that do the same thing, and I avoid frequenting them.
shhh_its_s3cr3t 10th-Nov-2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
Oh absolutely I agree with you! The problem I have is the SPIN on it to do the exact opposite. Instead of spotlighting the practice as being more of the same - its placing the blame on other people.

This place went on my list of never frequenting again back when he announced a price increase months ago.
skellington1 10th-Nov-2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
True that. A lot of companies are really careful to keep hours below the 'full time' cut-off -- whether that cut-off moves or not. He's just looking to make some political bank off of his own greed.
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