Thursday, August 09, 2012

Douchebag of the week: 'Papa' John Schnatter

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I've been steaming about this for a couple days now, but wanted to cool off so my comments wouldn't be intemperate.

Papa John's Pizza founder John Schnatter has been getting a lot of publicity for some recent comments that make him a really despicable person.
The CEO and founder of Papa John's pizza wants investors to know that when the president's health care law takes effect, the price of pizza is going up with it.

According to "Papa" John Schnatter, the cost of providing health insurance for all of his pizza chain's uninsured, full-time employees comes out to about 14 cents on a large pizza. That's less than adding an extra topping and a third the price of an extra pepperoncini. If you want that piping hot pie delivered, the $2 delivery fee will cost you 14 times as much as that health insurance price hike.

"We're not supportive of Obamacare, like most businesses in our industry," Schnatter said on a conference call with shareholders last week, as reported by Politico. "If Obamacare is in fact not repealed, we will find tactics to shallow out any Obamacare costs and core strategies to pass that cost onto consumers in order to protect our shareholders' best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."
WTF! For a third of the price of a fucking pepperoncini this man can provide all of his full time employees and their children health insurance.  A price easily passed on to consumers, 90% of whom would gladly pay an extra 14 cents for this coverage (see Papa John's Facebook page if you doubt me).  And he is so outraged at being required to provide his employees with health care that he will seek repeal of the law?

This, by the way, is a perfect example of a Republican who has completely lost touch.  Society benefits if everyone has health insurance.  John Schnatter the pizza mogul, muti-millionaire and douchebag extraordinaire benefits.  Remove from health care providers the cost of uninsured services they current provide and write off and this in turn lowers everyone's costs for health care.  After all, John, his wife and children certainly aren't going without health insurance. 

He should be pelted with eggs every time he appears in public. 

Fuck Papa Johns.


Anonymous said...

I've allways thought "papa" john was a douchebag but now it's legit

spanky mcwigglesworth said...

You have 2 types of models. Little ceasars is based on slim margins and high volume. Papa John's is high profit and can easily absorb increases in materials and incidentals. He just wants Mitt to win so he can get capital gains and estate taxes eliminated!

Daniel Jackson said...

He has a 22 car garage... what a complete douchebag. No more Papa John's pizza at this house.