Skip to comments.Is Papa John's the Next Chick-fil-A?
Posted on 11/13/2012 1:24:21 PM PST by IbJensen
It happened again. Another restaurant chain is under attack from the left. This time, it's Papa John's Pizza. What was so terrible that the liberal talkers are going bonkers? The CEO simply spoke the truth -- if Obamacare kicks in, there will likely be cuts to employee work hours in order to cover the new healthcare costs. Don't liberals realize that bigger government comes with consequences?
As reported by The Washington Times, John Schnatter, the CEO of Papa John's Pizza has come out swinging against Obamacare, and the liberals don't like it.
Recently, however, Papa John has come under fire for his comments about ObamaCare. ObamaCare is expected to hit Papa John's with recurring costs of $5-8 million per year. Schnatter has said that he intends to pass along the costs of ObamaCare to the consumer, as any normal business would. He mentioned that the total cost of ObamaCare will be an estimated 15 to 20 cents per order. "Unfortunately, I don't think people know what they're going to pay for this."
Most recently, he claimed that many of Papa John's franchises are considering cutting employees hours in order to pay for ObamaCare. Papa John is not alone in this. ObamaCare will require businesses large and small to pay extra costs for healthcare. Hundreds of other businesses have released similar statements about the law that kicks into effect soon. These businesses will not be able to hire or will have to fire employees as a result.
His observation of the costs of ObamaCare has been taken as a political statement. Many leftists have demanded that he pick up the costs of ObamaCare with his own hefty fortune, rather than building it into the cost of the pizza or cutting employees' hours.
It's amazing that those on the left have absolutely no comprehension of how business works. Just like regular corporate taxes or compliance costs due to extra regulations, costs forced on business by the government will be forwarded on to consumers or result in cost cutting measures elsewhere.
As left wing groups are calling for a Papa John's boycott, some conservatives are stepping forward to organize an "appreciation day" for the pizza chain. Here's a report from Fox News:
Daniel Wetter is just 16 years old, but his plan to support pizza chain Papa John's amid a backlash of liberal criticism is no pie-in-the-sky idea.
Wetter is part of an upstart group called Rebooting America that is proposing that Friday be a national day of appreciation for the pizza chain, whose chief executive officer is being attacked for saying employees' hours might be cut to cover the cost of implementing their health insurance under ObamaCare.
The conservative group has hatched a social media-based campaign that centers on encouraging people to buy a pizza pie at a Papa John's store, taking a photo of the outing and then posting it on a Facebook page or tweeting it.
Of course, the liberal talking points are that Schnatter and his corporation have enough money. They should pass it along. That's not the point. It is for no one to judge if a person has become "successful enough." The real point is that government is stepping in where it does not belong, and businesses will react accordingly.
Here is a law that the American people did not want. They had a chance to vote for change and didn't. And now, the effects will be driven home... into everyone's pocket book. Whether it's in the form of taxes or higher costs for goods and services, the lesson is the same: there is nothing that is free. Someone will always have to pay. Good for Papa John in speaking out!
The Republicrat Party may be in trouble, but the Democrats are committing suicide. They're as dead as last week's newspaper.
The libtards aren’t going to be able to buy a whole lot if they decide to boycott EVERY company that is cutting back due to Obamacare...
A business is laying people off! LET’S BOYCOTT THEM SO THEY INCREASE THEIR EMPLOYMENT!!!!
(most libtards don’t even get to the “oh wait” part)
‘Don’t liberals realize that bigger government comes with consequences?’
“... but the Democrats are committing suicide.”
Unfortunately, they’ll be taking a large chunk of the country over the cliff, with them.
Does Papa John’s sell pizza, “by-the-slice”? After repairs to the Farm from Sandy, that’s about all I can afford, right now.
While Papa John’s is not my favorite pizza...it soon will be. Just as an aside...Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium is 20 minutes from my house...
I cracked up when a few days ago the now fired coach of the Lakers, Mike Brown was interviewed as he left his local Chick filA. His butt would have been in deep doodoo if he was still in the employ of the Lakers and with the NBA. His little smile was in his private delight in knowing his interview would infuriate the whole gay/lesbo/trans/donkey/gerbil crowd.
I doubt this “buycott” will take off. One thing conservatives like about Chick-fil-A is they treat their employees well. Unlikely that ostentatious layoffs will attract many conservative customers, however much we detest y0bamacare.
There on their own. I hate their pizza.
The whole purpose of liberalism, at the sheeperal level, is to remove all consequences.
Down with greed!
Down with the 1%!
Down with CEOs!
Down with employment!
Oh, um, wait a second...
Where these guys (chick-fil-a, pappa johns, etc) is that they telegraph their intentions. I know, I know, the urge to make a public point about why they are reducing employment is strong but if I were them I’d just do it and let everyone make their own conclusion as to why. Eventually most folks will connect the dots.
Hello fellow Louisvillian. Northeast Jefferson County here.
I’ll be going there a lot more often now.
I am on the “sunny side of the ‘ville”...one of my sons and his wife and baby live over in your neck of the woods, and another one of my sons lives very close to the stadium.
Leftism is a continual struggle against the dark forces of reality. They believe that if somehow Papa Johns doesn’t recognize the additional costs of CommyCare, those costs will magically disappear.
I have just sent the link to this article to the people at Pizza Hut and challenged them to make a public statement with regards to Obamacare and how they will be handling it.
Have you tried the BBQ chicken bites?
If this stands the mom-and-pops who can fly below the Obamacare radar screen will put him out of business.