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Papa John's Obamacare Stance Spurs Protests

The Palos Heights Papa John's location isn't too concerned about a price increase tossed out by the company's CEO.

What do chicken sandwiches and pizza have in common? Politics, apparently.

Hoping to replicate the success of Chick-fil-A after it was boycotted over gay rights, conservatives are staging a pro-pizza day to counter protests against Papa John's Obamacare stance.

Papa John owner John Schnatter's recently announced that he would raise prices to cover costs he says are associated with the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

In Palos Heights, one manager of the Papa John's hasn't heard any feedback from customers about the proposed price jimp and doesn't think any price changes will have a big affect on sales.

“It sholdn’t be anything super bad from what I’ve heard but we’re hoping that nothing changes as far as our costumers are concerned," said R.J. Eecott.

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As liberals began organizing boycotts of the pizza chain, Papa John's supporters created a Facebook page to promote National Papa John's Appreciation Day on Friday.

"Papa Johns has been targeted by the left for a boycott, for simply articulating that ObamaCare would hurt profits and force cutbacks in employee hours," the Facebook page says. "Stand up to this nonsensical and illogical action and support Papa John's this Friday."

The pro-Papa event is reminiscent of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, which saw droves of people nationwide patronize the fast-food chain after its CEO came under fire for criticizing gay marriage.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the pepperoni fence, anti-Papa forces have urged people to switch to local pizza joints this week. "Papa John's owner has decided to combat the Affordable Healthcare Act by increasing his prices, threatening terminations and lowering employee hours - simply to avoid and protest employee health benefits," said one pro-boycott invitation.

A story at Forbes.com says Papa John's will see a 0.4 to 0.7 percent increase in healthcare costs for employees working 30 or more hours a week under the new law. The company CEO also said he expects to cut employee hours to offset the cost.

Will you buy or boycott Papa John's? Tell us in the comments.

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wieslaw gres November 18, 2012 at 04:46 PM
some nasty pizza
William November 18, 2012 at 08:18 PM
We lilve in a democracy. Everyone had the opportunity to cast a ballot for the person, or persons he or she wanted to lead the country. The democrats prevailed. It is useless to talk about your fellow citizens, YOUR president, and others just because your candidate lost. Even more so, I dare any of you to talk in public the way you do in this blog. You wouldn't. So stop the nasty talking points and prepare how you are going to deal with your life and the lives of your loved ones until the next election. And, remember, if you believe in God, then you know that He knows who your leaders are, and He is allowing them to serve. Trust God, and don't worry about Obama. That is the lesson we all need to learn.
Christy Lyonn November 19, 2012 at 03:17 AM
I work in this field and I can promise you this is NOT affordable healthcare. It will help a small percentage of people. For most it will become more unaffordable. For the low income if the healthcare reform is not funded they will definitely not be able to afford it (of course if they due fund it the national debt will rise by trillions.)
Chronicles of Bob November 19, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Yes, lets defend the guy. Lets applaud him when he cuts min wage earners hours and fires people... What a hero for taking a stance!!!! I can't wait to pay 30 cents more for a pizza so those bastard illegal aliens won't have the health care I pay for. No way in hell are my taxes going to go to all of those millions and millions of women having babies just so they won't get off their asses and work! Here's my .25 cents john... Now sleep easy my friend.
Chronicles of Bob November 19, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Yea Christy LYonn... I hope Obama hires you to find all of these people you are talking about.. And let me know which programs you are in favor of cutting and which ones you are not? I mean obviously "we" don't want to screw over that autistic kid... That would be un-christian like... But I do want to find those free loading illegal baby makers. I can't wait til Saint Peter opens his books and sees those bastards that took advantage of in-state-tuition... I mean the nerve of them to get an an education, find a good job and not go on gov't welfare... Now that would be an awkward conversation.

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