Papa John’s CEO’s 16 Acre Estate Not Big Enough Yet to Give Employees Health Care

With the reelection of President Obama, pizza mogul and longtime funder of right wing politics John Schnatter despairs of being able to add an elevator to his 22-car underground garage unless he cuts back on full time staff:

Schnatter, a part-time Naples resident, made the comments Wednesday night inside a small auditorium at Edison State College’s Collier County campus. In August, he made national headlines after telling shareholders the Affordable Care Act — commonly known as Obamacare — would result in a 10- to 14-cent increase for customers buying a pizza.

[...] About a third of Papa John’s employees are covered by the company’s health insurance plan, although Schnatter said he has always wanted 100 percent of them on the plan. The rising costs of health insurance, he said, have been a deterrent.

“The good news is 100 percent of the population is going to have health insurance. We’re all going to pay for it,” he said, estimating the new law would cost the business $5 million to $8 million annually. (Emphasis mine)

I have an idea: instead of boycotting Papa John’s, let’s all reach out to this company and volunteer to pay an entire quarter more — yes, a whole twenty-five cents more per pie — if Schnatter will get every employee on a health care plan instead of cutting their hours. That way, it will be the free market and not the government that ensures universal insurance coverage. Just the way Schnatter wants it!

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