Papa John’s Pizza: To Raise Prices To Cover Health Care Mandate

Tiffany Hsu of Los Angeles Times wrote an informant of article on August 8 about the fact that Papa John’s pizza is going to raise pizza prices if Obamacare goes into full effect. I have been known to enjoy a pizza or two from Papa John’s, not to mention the garlic sauce and the peppers that come with it. The pizzas are worth every nickel, dime, and quarter that you pay for them. Tiffany writes, Get ready to pay more for your Papa John’s pizza if “Obamacare” goes into full effect … a whopping 15 to 20 cents more. John Schnatter, chief executive of the pizza chain, is bashing President Obama’s healthcare reform law as a policy that will force the company to choose between its customers and its investors. And if the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act rolls out as planned in 2014, Schnatter’s strategy is “of course … to pass that cost on the consumer in order to protect our shareholders’ best interest,” he said in a recent conference call. Schnatter estimates that the legislation will cost Papa John’s about 11 cents to 14 cents per pizza, which equates to 15 cents to 20 cents per order. An average delivery charge runs $1.75 to $2.50. “We’re not supportive of Obamacare like most businesses in our industry but our business model...

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An Overdue Plea to Reframe the Conversation

Four years ago, we sold, donated, or discarded over 60% of our earthly possessions. We removed clothes, furniture, decorations, cookware, tools, books, toys, and anything else we could find in our home that was not immediately useful or beautiful. It was a decision born out of two specific avenues of discontent with our typical suburban lifestyle. Firstly, I was discontent with our finances. While never in debt, we lived paycheck-to-paycheck, never able to get ahead. We were always one emergency away from disaster. To add insult to injury, I clearly recognized that my spending habits were not even close to resembling the teachings of Jesus with respect to generosity, promoting justice, and furthering his Kingdom. Secondly, I was discontent with the focus of my life’s energy. My family was young, but I had far less time available to spend with them than I desired. I was leading a successful youth ministry in New England, but much of my mental energy was focused on the management (and acquisition) of material possessions. My discontent grew. A specific remedy to this discontent became clear after a short conversation with my neighbor. While I was cleaning my garage one beautiful spring weekend, I began complaining to her about the amount of stuff in my garage. Her response struck a chord with my soul....

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