Back in August, John Schnatter, founder and CEO of Papa John’s, noted that his company would have to raise prices in order to cover the cost of ObamaCare and have to scale back hours for workers. This is pretty basic economics. When a expenses rise, either for the cost of raw materials or employing workers, a business will be forced to pass the buck on the consumer or reduce costs elsewhere.
Papa John’s isn’t alone. Last month, Darden Restaurants, which owns Olive Garden, Longhorn, and Red Lobster, announced that it would move hourly workers to part-time schedules because of mandates in ObamaCare requiring businesses to offer health insurance coverage to employees working over 30 hours a week. A Florida-based restaurant owner has said that he’ll add a 5% surcharge to customers to makeup the cost of the mandates from ObamaCare.
Schnatter’s comment, while entirely understandable from a business perspective, stirred controversy on the Left, as activists called for a boycott of Papa John’s. This has caused opponents of ObamaCare to organize “National Papa John’s Appreciation Day” which is being organized by Reboot USA.
The event is modeled after Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day, which was organized to support after the company’s president, Dan Cathy, made comments in support of traditional marriage (comments with which I disagree). Supporters packed out the chicken chain’s restraurants across the country, bringing in record sales.
The official National Papa John’s Appreciation Day Facebook page now has more than 15,000 members pledging to support Papa John’s this Friday, November 16th. The effort was begun by Reboot USA and asks supporters to do 4 things:
- Like Papa John’s on Facebook
- Change your Facebook avatar to the Papa John’s logo on Friday
- Have a pizza on Friday! Take a picture of yourself and share on Facebook, as well as on Twitter with #IStandWithPapaJohns
- If there is not a Papa John’s near you, simply tweet your support with the above hashtag
The site also asks supporters to buy a pizza for a friend or neighbor who is struggling financially.
Buy the family a pizza tonight to protest government overreach and bad policy that will hurt companies and lead to fewer jobs to be created.