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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.
ultraelectric 10th-Nov-2012 04:08 pm (UTC)
I really want to throw my Intro to Business textbook at him, with the health insurance part all highlighted.
ragnor144 10th-Nov-2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
Does your textbook point out a positive link between insurance and worker productivity?
ultraelectric 10th-Nov-2012 04:19 pm (UTC)
I don't think my Intro to Business one does (if it does I don't remember) but another business book does list reasons for low productivity and I believe health insurance is on it. So I'll just be throwing all my business and management books at him. And while I'm at it, my ServSafe in case he ain't familiar with proper cleaning and handling/serving food. lol
ragnor144 10th-Nov-2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
I think that you should just throw every text you've every had at him. That would be satisfying.
ultraelectric 10th-Nov-2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
I should, sadly the National Restaurant Association tends to make books skinny and paperback so they won't hurt as bad. Mind, that ServSafe one would..
kyra_neko_rei 11th-Nov-2012 01:12 am (UTC)
If you bound them all together into one large block . . .
seasight 11th-Nov-2012 02:08 am (UTC)
I'll throw in my Thurneysen. That'll make a difference. Better yet, I'll make him read it.
darth_eldritch 11th-Nov-2012 12:09 am (UTC)
Problem is, most of these companies consider the expense of hiring employees and paying them with all the benefits to be a liability.
ragnor144 11th-Nov-2012 01:33 am (UTC)
More reason for a single payer system IMO. Medical insurance was a nice fringe benefit when the costs of care were not so ruinious. I don't think that any rational group would put the responsibility on employers if we were building this from scratch now.
darth_eldritch 11th-Nov-2012 01:37 am (UTC)
I completely agree.
ferlingmule 11th-Nov-2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
*history fact

Johns Adams instituted a government run healthcare program because HE could see that if his workforce was healthier then they were more useful and productive (this applied mainly to sailors because trade was the big thing at the time and he wanted to expand the country's trade).

If this was obvious in the 1800s why isn't it obvious now???
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