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  •  Thanks for this. (10+ / 0-)

    I'm getting ready to tuck in, but I'll be back with the roosters, and will read your link in its entirety.

    However, IF:

    Papa John's, like most businesses, is still researching what the Affordable Care Act means to our operations.
    ...then why the hell was it necessary for Mr. Papa John to step into the limelight, pre "research" and threaten his customers and his employees?!

    "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

    by StellaRay on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 11:12:14 PM PST

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    •  His step into the limelight wasn't planned (5+ / 0-)

      He wasn't aware of the reporter in the class.

      Clearly there was some misunderstanding somewhere. The remarks that generated the headlines were made during an entrepreneur class I was asked to speak to at a Florida college. I was asked to share my experience as an entrepreneur and to provide the students with real-life small business situations. Unbeknownst to me, until she identified herself, a reporter was there.

      Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

      by Just Bob on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 11:36:09 PM PST

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    •  From the same article by Schnatter: (9+ / 0-)

      Reporter: "Do you think your -- you know -- franchise owners... are going to cut people hours back to make them part time instead of full time?"

      Me: "Well, in Hawaii there is a form of the same kind of health insurance and that's what you do, you find loopholes to get around it. That's what they're going to do."

      Reporter: "My understanding is that if you're a full time employee, which is 35 hours or over, you'd be covered. Or if you're part time then you wouldn't be. So wouldn't some business owners just cut people down like 34 hours a week so they wouldn't have to pay for health insurance?"

      Me: "It's common sense. It's what I call lose-lose."

      The reporter asked what I believed Papa John's franchisees would do in response to Obamacare, not what Papa John's would do. In fact, her question was "wouldn't some business owners just cut people down like 34 hours a week so they wouldn't have to pay for health insurance?"

      My answer: "It's common sense."

      So- he presents the franchisee's tactic of cutting back hours as essentially the only "common sense" response. In his view, when an employer is presented with an opportunity to help his employees, "you find loopholes to get around it".  If this is his idea of defending himself and proving that he's really a swell guy, he's pretty clueless.

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