On a conference call last week, CEO and founder John Schnatter (a Mitt Romney supporter and fundraiser) said the health care law's changes — set to go into effect in 2014 — will result in higher costs for the company — which they vowed to pass onto consumersIt's great that Papa John's is so concerned about their customers that they'll pass the cost of taking better care of their employees on. In case you're wondering, Papa John's isn't suffering in this recession, with revenues up in the last quarter a healthy 7.2 percent from the same period last year. They also already offer benefits to managers, drivers, store workers, and even to part-time employees, so their franchises could potentially even end up saving money by shopping on the exchanges.
"Our best estimate is that the Obamacare will cost 11 to 14 cents per pizza, or 15 to 20 cents per order from a corporate basis," Schnatter said. [...]
"If Obamacare is in fact not repealed, we will find tactics to shallow out any Obamacare costs and core strategies to pass that cost onto consumers in order to protect our shareholders best interests," Schnatter vowed.
This sounds a lot more like an excuse for a Romney supporter to hate on President Obama (with the added benefit of justifying price hikes on his crappy pizza) than a real business concern. The whole thing sounds like a load of pepperoni.