By Jueseppi B.
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, including Applebee’s franchisee owner Zane Tankel who said his company won’t hire new workers because of the law. Just this week, a Georgia business owner also claimed he cut employees due to Obamacare and in fact had specifically laid off those who he thought had voted for President Obama.
Major restaurants Papa John’s and Applebee’s threaten to fire workers over Obamacare as President Barack Obama was elected to a second term in office.
According to the Daily Mail, due to the fact that Obama won the elections, Papa John’s and Applebee’s threaten to fire workers over Obamacare. After Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter floated a plan to cut worker hours in order to reduce spiking employee health care costs under the Affordable Care Act, an Applebee’s franchise owner Zane Tankel threatened a hiring freeze and possible layoffs due to Obamacare.
However, because of Tankel’s response to the president’s heath care plan, his New York restaurant is being boycotted. Twitter users took to tweeting about both establishments as numerous twitter users threatened to boycott both restaurants and encouraged others to do the same. Take a look at some of the tweets:
“So far I’ve seen Papa John’s and Applebee’s threatening to fire people since their choice didn’t win the election. Disgusting on either side.”
“BOYCOTT Applebee’s NOW!”
“Add @Applebee’s to the list of unpatriotic businesses who are firing people because Barack Obama won.”
While Zane Tankel is dealing with the backlash of consumers, Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter reportedly told shareholders in a conference call that Obamacare would cost the company 11 to 14 cents per pizza and that cost would be passed on to customers. Again, many took to twitter saying:
“First Chick-fil-A, now Papa John’s. What does it say about the US when fast food has become the tool for political catalyst?”
“Thanks 4 letting us know how CHEAP you are. 10 cents?! REALLY! Officially on my DO NOT BUY LIST even if you don’t up the price.”
However, Schnatter defended his decision and told Naples News, “That’s what you do, is you pass on the costs. Unfortunately, I don’t think people know what they’re going to pay for [Obamacare].”
I would strongly suggest boycotting any business that lays off American workers based on who won an election. Hit ‘Em where it hurts…the pocketbook.