Papa John Caves In! States He Will Honor “Obamacare” And Give Health Insurance To Employees

Feeling the heat from plans of  avoiding giving health insurance to full-time employees working 30 hours or more by cutting employees’ hours because he can’t afford the costs of health insurance,  Papa John’s CEO and multimillionaire John Schnatter wrote an op-ed which was published in The Huffington Post on Tuesday,  “suggesting” that his intentions regarding the implementation of The Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) for Papa John’s employees was all a misunderstanding and that he plans to provide health care benefits to all of his corporate employees along with all employees working in his company owned stores.

Wrote Schnatter

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.”

Good news if true.  For both for his employees and his business considering the ongoing boycott.  But I for one will wait to see what happens before and what his franchises do including Peyton Manning who owns 21 Papa John’s locations  and see if they announce their intention to provide health insurance to 100 percent of the employees in their respective pizza operations before i call this a true victory.

But it is nice to see that Schnatter feeling the heat and that real Americans, ones who care about their fellow citizens were able to stand up and make him take notice over his ivy covered mansion walls. It would help if American were not lied to about how other places in the world operate their health insurances, the e111 benefits are huge, we need to wake up.

Choke on that pizza GOP, Tea Party and Breitbart loons.


30 thoughts on “Papa John Caves In! States He Will Honor “Obamacare” And Give Health Insurance To Employees

  1. I am not planning on eating at Papa Johns again for some time until I see how it all plays out. This could all be a smoke and mirrors act and he still may not offer employees insurance.

  2. Living in both Philadelphia and Chicago, I have only once eaten from Papa John’s and that 1 time was because it was provided free by my work place. I have never had the need or urge to purchase from them when there are so many more options from mom and pop local businesses who don’t get into politics.

    Unless you live under a rock in the middle of nowhere, you have no need to purchase from them, regardless of politics.

  3. Seems like just a more “sensitively” worded statement of his original position. I suspect he’s still on the same plan he had before. There is no mention of what percentage of people at his stores will qualify for the health insurance. I’m guessing just management.

  4. You understand that regardless of his political opinions, he has no choice but to follow the letter of the law as it stands if he wishes to continuing doing business in the US. It’s not a choice. He’s obligated whether he wants to or not. The question that remains is how does that obligation affect his current and future employees. He will undoubtedly have to make decisions that will negatively impact a certain percentage of them as he does whatever he can to maintain the company’s bottom line. It is, after all, a publicly traded company. His investors will expect nothing less.

  5. There are too many small pizza joints that are locally owned and have better pizza (that isn’t ‘mass produced’) to bother with Papa Johns, or Dominoes for that matter. The problem is if too many people feel the way I do these companies may feel the pinch in their profits and decide to do layoffs rather than take the cut to their personal coffers…

  6. Instead of giving employees the choice to spend their money on whatever health insurance they want, most likely, they will give them health insurance and cut their pay. That’s what socialism does for you. I could be wrong, but that is what I forsee in the end.

  7. Does anyone notice how carefully worded this is? This measure will only affect corporate employees and the stores actually owned by the corporation. This does not seem to apply to independently owned Papa John’s stores.

  8. I hope all of the asshats condemning him will someday own a business as successful as his. At that point, you’ll suddenly realize how unfair this situation really is and how evil government can be.

    Sadly, it’s unlikely any of you will achieve any great success of this sort, because it’s difficult to work hard with your hands stretched out for handouts.

    1. Yeah because GOD FORBID you treat your employees with dignity, respect and care about them. This is America. Come in, work and I don’t give a fuck if you are sick dying just do your job.

    2. When you can give away 2 million pizzas for free but can’t be bothered to give healthcare to your employees you just expose yourself for the douche you are.

      The 2 million pizzas will cost more than the health care if he paid for it. I’m tired of hearing the bleating of the rich because they are forced to not fuck their own employees quite as hard as they’d like. And in the end he’ll still be a multi-millionaire and his business will be successful and making money. F this guy and anyone who feels sorry for him.

      1. 1 -health care for 16 000 employes is going to far exceed the retail value of 2 million pizzas.

        2 – What small mom&pop pizza shop provides health insurance for its employees?

        3 – Forcing small businesses to provide health care for their employees will result in either less employees or less small businesses. The guy that owns a pizza place and hires one or two people to help fill and deliver the orders is not going to be able to pay a”liveable” wage and insurance to employees without charging $25 a pie. At $25 a pie, he will lose customers (many many) and soon be out of business.

    3. …yeah, it’s so unfair!
      While we’re about it why don’t we protest about universal education. Wasting millions of taxpayers money on free education for poor people. It’s a rip off. All that cash could be spent another couple of productive incursions into middle-east countries.

  9. Hey .. its FOOD ..

    Seriously .. Paps johns should use this as a way to make your pizza’s premium.

    Provide GREAT HEALTH CARE .. and provide great sick leave benefits( Unlimited if documented by drs note ).

    And ADVERTISE this fact ..

    They are making my food .. I might be willing to pay a bit more , knowing that the folks cooking and touching my food are all in good health.

  10. You are way too late. I already stopped buying my sunday dinners from Papa (Which has been my familys sunday dinner for the past few years).

  11. He makes some of the worst ‘pizza’ I’ve ever had. I live in the middle of nowhere Texas and there are 4 better locally owned real pizza places in driving distance. There’s no reason to buy Papa’s trash.

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