In the midst of the controversy surrounding Obama’s request, or should we say, mandate to provide health insurance to workers with thirty or more hours. In the wake of health reform, one of America’s largest pizza chains, Papa Johns, has made a formal statement that it will reduce workers hours in response to the expenses of healthcare.
The Huffington Post reports that, John Schnatter, the CEO of Papa John’s pizza, made it clear that because of the cost of healthcare employees hours would have to be reduced. His critique of Obamacare is clear, Schnatter commented, “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.”
Shnatter told Naples News that other food chains are already reducing hours to avoid the cost of healthcare for its employees. Schnatter continues, “"That's probably what's going to happen. It's common sense. That's what I call lose-lose."
The Huffington Post notes that Darden restaurants, which owns Red Lobster and Olive Garden, has already began to reduce employee hours.
There has been massive feedback on social media about Obamacare. The Drudge Report tweets that “COMPANIES PLAN MASSIVE LAYOFFS AS OBAMACARE BECOMES REALTY...”
There are many large companies speaking out with a “it’s simply business” attitude on the matter.