A couple of days ago I wrote about the Las Vegas small business owner who said he had to fire 22 employees because President Barack Obama was re-elected. As evidenced by the many threats levied by various business owners prior to the election, many business owners are using Obama’s re-election as an excuse to sever ties with employees.
Many of them are citing an increased cost of business as a result of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise commonly known as ‘Obamacare‘. While they may be slight increases in cost as a result of the policy which requires the provision of health insurance coverage to employees. The fact that small businesses are given tax breaks as incentive to participate (and in some ways offset cost) in providing coverage is being largely ignored by business owners. Add to that, the fact that ‘Obamacare‘ doesn’t go into full effect until 2012. But don’t tell that to Papa John’s Pizza CEO John Schnatter, who now says that he will have to reduce the hours of his employees as a result.
This from The Huffington Post:
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.
So lemme get this straight: Papa John’s Pizza cannot afford an eleven to fourteen cents increase in cost per pizza because of ‘Obamacare’. But, they can afford to give away 2 million free pizzas with the help of NFL superstar Peyton Manning, now that he has returned to the league?
Meh, I don’t know about you, but I think Papa is full of shit, as are the other businesses attempting to fool us all. But hey, don’t say I didn’t tell you when they cut out delivery, and start selling pies for $30 a pop because of Obama. At any rate, it’s good to know that you can still run out and buy a hot and ready pizza for $5 thanks to Little Caesars. Uh-huh, surely their employees would appreciate you doing that.
Yep, “Pizza Pizza,” muthafuckas — Papa John’s is full of shit!
You probably thought you’d never read the sentence: Thanks to marijuana, Peyton Manning’s timing is flawless.
Colorado voters passed Amendment 64 last Tuesday, a law that legalizes marijuana in the state for recreational use. The timing couldn’t be better for Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, though not because he’s like a pot head or anything. Just two weeks ago, Manning purchased 21 Papa John’s franchises in Colorado.
Not seeing the connection? It’s the munchies. Stoners love to eat pizza. It’s one of their favorites, due to pace of delivery, range of variety, ease of ingestion and just general deliciousness. So odds are in a state where recreational use of marijuana is legal, there will probably be way more people eating Papa John’s.
It’s not just the added dollars spent on the pizza munchies that is likely to bring the state of Colorado some extra dough from weed legalization. Amendment 64 is estimated to bring the state $60 million in combined savings and added tax revenue.
Even before Colorado voters passed the law, Manning was confident that buying the pizza franchises was a savvy move.
“It’s a smart investment now and will be long after I’m done playing football,” saidManning was quoted by NBC News after sealing the deal on October 26.
Better ingredients, better pizza my ass, Papa.