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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.
ook 10th-Nov-2012 03:48 pm (UTC)
Note that John had the cash to give away 2 million free pizzas in their current Papa John's promotion, but he doesn't have enough money to shell out for some health care for loyal employees? What a dick.

Guess that's it for ordering stuff from Papa John's. No dick pizza for me!
layweed 10th-Nov-2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
I honestly don't understand how he can give away millions of pizzas as promotional tools but complain that they can't afford to pay healthcare for employees. Seriously.

In fact, I don't understand how they can give away millions of pizzas to begin with. CSB: A carpet/flooring retail store here in Central Texas had this deal where everyone who bought from them between certain dates would get a full refund (i.e. get their purchase free) if Josh Hamilton hit like 4 home runs during a specific Rangers game. Apparently they could do so because they could do some sort of insurance write-off thing. Is that how this pizza giveaway works? Or are they just like "HEY FREE PIZZAS DON'T WORRY ABOUT ALL THE MONEY WE'RE LOSING 'COS WE STILL MAKE A PROFIT SUCKS TO BE YOU EMPLOYEES!"
ook 10th-Nov-2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
And since it's a business expense, it can be a tax write-off/deduction! Everyone wins but ulimately, someone is still paying for those pizzas (probably the rest of the American taxpayers).
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