According to John Schnatter, after hiring a PR firm over the matter:
Reporter: "Do you think your -- you know -- franchise owners... are going to cut people hours back to make them part time instead of full time?"
Me: "Well, in Hawaii there is a form of the same kind of health insurance and that's what you do, you find loopholes to get around it. That's what they're going to do."
Reporter: "My understanding is that if you're a full time employee, which is 35 hours or over, you'd be covered. Or if you're part time then you wouldn't be. So wouldn't some business owners just cut people down like 34 hours a week so they wouldn't have to pay for health insurance?"
Me: "It's common sense. It's what I call lose-lose."
The reporter asked what I believed Papa John's franchisees would do in response to Obamacare, not what Papa John's would do. In fact, her question was "wouldn't some business owners just cut people down like 34 hours a week so they wouldn't have to pay for health insurance?"
My answer: "It's common sense."
Companies like Papa John's are largely a collection of small independent businesses. The average Papa John's franchisee owns three to four stores. Since our franchisees own the restaurants they operate, who they hire, how many hours they give each employee and what they pay each employee is up to them, not me or Papa John's. Like any small business in these economic times, our franchisees are under a tremendous amount of pressure on costs.
During that same interview, talking about Obamacare I said, though it wasn't widely reported:
"The good news is 100% of the population (full-time workers) is going to get health insurance. I'm cool with that."
"We're all going to pay for it. There's nothing for free."
"And this way I get to provide health insurance and I'm not at a competitive disadvantage ... our competitors are going to have to do the same thing."
Papa John's, like most businesses, is still researching what the Affordable Care Act means to our operations. Regardless of the conclusion of our analysis, we will honor this law, as we do all laws, and continue to offer 100% of Papa John's corporate employees and workers in company-owned stores health insurance as we have since the company was founded in 1984.
"All I said was...." doesn't include what he actually said for damn good reason. The goal of an excuse is to shift minds away from the bleeding give-away he made.
1) At the time, 1/3rd of the Papa John employees had health insurance.
2) He did say the cost of a pizza would have to go up 10 to 14 cents to cover all of them.
3) He did say it's common sense to cut hours to avoid raising prices.
Duh and no crap he's reversed after the feedback he's gotten. Those remarks were made when Mitt Romney was going to be the next president and showing your teeth was okay. Now it's time to backpedal from that position and pretend you really care for the people who actually earn the money you get.
There's more people and less resources all the time. One small group is profiting like never before and the other 90% are steadily losing ground. Do the math unless you're too stupid or mental to figure it out. When a bunch of sheep and a wolf sit down to lunch, wolf is not on the menu.
And for some reason, the wolf sees no advantage in having green pastures. That's a sheep problem.
There's a libertarian Youtube out on WHY sweatshops in 3rd world countries are good. It uses the same basic argument I've seen on why slavery was good; you're really being kind to the slaves by feeding them and giving them a place to live. They would die otherwise.
Never mind that the wannabe-slavers... errrrr, Job Creators only have their freedom because others did kill and or die protecting that freedom. That video has a virtual puppet do the speaking. Guess why? Oh yeah... because the media would "take it wrong and twist it". And besides, the puppet has as much conscience as the ones that scripted it, ie none.