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    Here is the reply I got:

    Thank you for contacting us. The statements you reference were not made by our president, but by an independent franchisee in New York City. The views he expressed represent his perspective, not Applebee’s. To see the company’s response to this please click or copy/paste this link into your internet browser:

    http://applebees.mwnewsroom.com/...

    We plan to keep growing our brand which will not only create jobs but continue giving us the opportunity to do right by employees including their opportunities for growth as well. We also realize that freedom of speech is a treasured hallmark of our nation and would never attempt to control any citizen’s right to exercise that constitutional privilege. We hope this clarifies the situation and regret the confusion.

    Sincerely,

    Adam L.
    Sr. Guest Relations Specialist

    The statement says:

    Statement From Applebee’s® President Mike Archer Regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

    Applebee’s and the independent business owners who franchise our company's restaurants throughout the U.S. recognize that affordable health care is a critically important issue facing our country. Because final regulations and guidance are still pending from government agencies regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), exactly how our franchisees will implement the law when it takes effect in 2014 is still uncertain. However, we do know that our franchisees will comply fully with the law and take every measure possible to continue doing right by their employees -- the lifeblood of their businesses. Applebee’s franchisees have always led their companies as responsible, caring employers, and implementation of the new law will be consistent with that commitment.

    Recent public comments by one Applebee's franchisee about the possible implications of the ACA on jobs within his individual company were not the views or opinions of either Applebee's or other franchisees, although we respect his right to speak freely as an American. Importantly, it is also worth noting that this franchisee opened a new restaurant last week that created approximately 200 jobs, and will be opening another restaurant next month with a similar number of positions. Applebee's and our franchisees remain committed to growing our business and providing opportunities for employees in the future.

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