Villain of the Week

By: David Bozeman
The Hall of Fame includes Big Oil, Big Pharmaceuticals, big, sugary soft   drinks, Wal-Mart, McDonald’s, Nabisco (makers of the artery-clogging Oreos),   Hostess and far too many other institutions and products to name here.    The latest inductee is “Papa” John Schnatter, the pizza mogul who suggested   that employee hours may be cut in some locations to avoid the dictates of   Obama-care.
Anyone who watches regular TV has seen Schnatter, the affable, telegenic   star of his company’s commercials.  Before the election, he told a   business class at a Florida college that compliance with the new law might   force a cut in hours, shifting some employees from full to part-time status to   avoid raising pizza prices by about 14 cents each.
Schnatter is now, of course, evil and greedy and petty.  After all,   what is 14 cents?  Predictably, boycotts have already been urged, leading   Schnatter to state his case on the Huffington Post late last month.   He very gently — and non-ideologically — stated that Papa John’s, far from   cutting jobs and hours, is, in fact, planning to add stores along with 5000   new positions worldwide in 2013.  However, many locations are   independently-owned franchises, i.e., small businesses that set their own   hours and hiring standards.  Schnatter added that corporate employees and   workers in company-owned stores would continue to receive coverage as they   have since 1984.  That pretty much settles it, right?
Wrong.  Among the reader comments:  He just added three new   cars with the savings; Greed; The American people will destroy your   company:).  Yes, a smiley face adorned that last threat.  Another   site referenced his “cheaptitude,” and yet another informed us   that Schnatter owns a 40,000 sq. ft. mansion and a 22-car garage.
According to Ezra Klein, writing online for The Washington Post,   the Obama mandate is cheaper than Nixon’s proposed plan, which would have   required employers to pay for 75% of employee’s coverage.  The Clinton   plan would have required about 80% (and thus, apparently, the under-employed   should be grateful and not complain).  Klein conceded the difficulty of   explaining Obama-care’s complexities, but, basically, if  you employ   fewer than 50 people, you’re in the clear.  More than 50, the cost of   providing coverage is relatively cheap.  If fact, he adds, “it’s a better   deal than [Papa John's] could have expected.  Or than it probably   deserved.”
If it’s so cheap, why don’t companies just go along and avoid the   backlash? The larger truth is that the left’s goal is not to make health   insurance affordable but rather to impose a one-size-fits- all standard on   which every American is dependent.  Employer-provided coverage is only a   mandated surrogate for what they hope will follow — single payer health   care.  The Obama plan was never the ultimate goal, it is only a starting   point from which greater control and uniformity will ultimately proceed.
Republicans, at one time, half-heartedly proposed greater competition and   health savings accounts owned by individuals and portable from one job to   another.  These and other measures, of course, were drowned in the left’s   cacophony that too much money is spent on health care and too many Americans   are uninsured.  The problem, lest you didn’t know, is not affordability,   it is greed.
Another liberal site proposed that Papa John could put his profits   to better use  — the capital he is putting into expansion should be   spent on employee health coverage. It bears repeating, company-owned   stores will continue to provide benefits.  The locally owned stores don’t   necessarily enjoy the same advantages.  And besides, shouldn’t it be   their choice?
The Obama sycophants are not amenable to reason, as they are fueled by   emotion.  Schnatter’s guy-on-the-street common sense threatens their   passion, thus he must be castigated.  He stated that he is “cool” with   the fact that full-time workers in America will receive coverage, but “we’re   all going to pay for it.  There’s nothing for   free.”

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