Papa John's Obamacare Stance Sparks Dueling Protests

After Papa John's says it will slice employee hours and boost prices to pay for Affordable Care Act costs, people on both sides pounce. Will you buy or boycott?

Hoping to replicate the success of Chick-fil-A after it was boycotted over gay rights, conservatives are staging a pro-pizza day to counter protests against Papa John's Obamacare stance.

At issue is Papa John owner John Schnatter's announcement that he would raise prices and slice employee hours to pay for costs associated with the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

As liberals began organizing boycotts of the pizza chain, Papa John's supporters created a Facebook page to promote National Papa John's Appreciation Day on Friday.

"Papa Johns has been targeted by the left for a boycott, for simply articulating that ObamaCare would hurt profits and force cutbacks in employee hours," the Facebook page says. "Stand up to this nonsensical and illogical action and support Papa John's this Friday."

The pro-Papa event is reminiscent of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, which saw droves of people nationwide patronize the fast-food chain after its CEO came under fire for criticizing gay marriage.

The closest Papa John's to Monrovia is at 1090 East Huntington Drive in Duarte.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the pepperoni fence, anti-Papa forces have urged people to switch to local pizza joints this week. "Papa John's owner has decided to combat the Affordable Healthcare Act by increasing his prices, threatening terminations and lowering employee hours - simply to avoid and protest employee health benefits," said one pro-boycott invitation.

A story at Forbes.com says Papa John's will see a 0.4 to 0.7 percent increase in healthcare costs for employees working 30 or more hours a week under the new law.

Will you buy or boycott Papa John's? Tell us in the comments.

Tammy Hieglberg November 16, 2012 at 10:41 PM
I disagree, Chelsea. Papa John's CEO, John Schattner claims it will cost him $8 million dollars a year to provide healthcare to his employees and that is why he can't afford it. Where would he come up with the money? I have an idea, how about stop giving away free pizza!!! Every year he gives away 2 MILLION Large pizzas. At around $10 each x 2 million = $20 MILLION DOLLARS!! This does not even include the free pizzas he gives away as part of their rewards program. Simple economics? You are right, but it's not the way you are thinking. This boils down to businesses freaking out because they don't like who is in office, and making employees suffer to make a point that they don't like the President. I don't care about who is in office, common sense tells me that cutting hours and eliminating positions will force more people onto welfare programs, and that is counter productive.
Gayle M. Montgomery November 17, 2012 at 03:32 AM
The dork in Florida who tried to compel his employees to vote the way he wanted found that his candidate lost. Did he fire them? No, they all got a 5% raise. Seemingly, he had made great profits in the last year. Maybe the Papa John's guy is blowing smoke, too. But I think he is thinking in terms of health care as it stands. My understanding is the exchange, combined with the volume of insureds is going to reduce prices, I also understand there are credits to acquire insurance, and a family of 4 making $90K or less would qualify for help. I am guessing there may be incentives for PJ to provide health care for its workers to include things like better retention and less training costs, fewer sick days for him, and fewer of us being contaminated by pizza workers with no medical coverage.
Mike Jones November 18, 2012 at 06:51 AM
Get 'em all, not just Papa Johns. I'm completely over it with companies whining that if they have to obey the law, they'll have to move offshore . . . http://www.facebook.com/boycottcutbacks Mike
Ben Dearing November 18, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Maybe he could not pay $250,000 dollars for his old camaro he lost. This really sounds like a man who is in financial straits. Why so many people want to protest simple health care coverage for people making $8 an hour is beyond me. That is just wrong on so many levels. Do away with min wage and he would pay his employee's $5 an hour.
Ben Dearing November 18, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Papa johns does not pay for delivery drivers insurance, they drive under there own policy and liability


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