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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.
maynardsong 10th-Nov-2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
And that is why I wish we had universal health care that's decoupled from employment. Then none of this would be an issue. Does that make me a Communist? Then the powers that be can come at me.
mysid 10th-Nov-2012 05:06 pm (UTC)

I once worked at a school district that fired me two days before I would have qualified for benefits, and then rehired me a few days later. I now have a job at which I'm "part time", so it doesn't give me benefits. I also have a child with significant health problems. We'd never have been able to afford to take care of her without my husband's health benefits. We could so easily be bankrupt and homeless right now for lack of universal health care.
layweed 10th-Nov-2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
Yep! And not only that, but it would make all these Constitutionality challenges moot because you wouldn't have the mandate to worry about! (or at least, that's how I understand it)
skellington1 10th-Nov-2012 09:27 pm (UTC)

It also allows you a more mobile workforce, where employees feel comfortable to find jobs that fit them better or start their own businesses. And it would mean that no one gets stuck in that awful "just enough of a medical problem that if left untreated they can't work, but can't afford to get treatment without work" cycle. UGH.

It's so damn obvious.
mirhanda 10th-Nov-2012 10:25 pm (UTC)

It's ridiculous that it's tied to employment anyway.
darth_eldritch 11th-Nov-2012 12:06 am (UTC)
Strange but true: My dad, who is mostly a Goldwater conservative, has said ever since I can remember that we need a true universal healthcare.
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