What will Obamacare do to my pizza habit?
August 7, 2012 4 Comments
I love Papa John’s pizza. I rarely eat it, though, as my wife finds the sauce to sweet. On the rare occasions she’s not around for dinner, though, David and I know it’s Papa John’s time. Alas, maybe I should stop because the CEO and founder is giving lots of money to Mitt Romney. And it’s fair to say that’s money towards causes I don’t believe in. Anyway, Papa John himself has let us know that due to the socialistic, totalitarian costs of Obamacare, I may see the cost of a large pizza go up $.14. The death knell of freedom and capitalism as we know it. Yglesias:
Stipulating for a moment that this is true, doesn’t it seem like a rather small price to pay? Papa John’s website is currently offering to deliver me a large pepperoni pizza for $14.08 and Schnatter is warning me that the problem with Obamacare is … a one-time price increase of less than 1 percent! That seems eminently reasonable. What’s more, it’s well within the range of the kind of price swings Papa John’s is going to have to expect just based on the vagaries of the weather, which impacts the price of ingredients, and the ups and downs of the oil market. There’s just nothing there. I can believe that the Obamacare provision requiring prominent calorie labeling on menus would hurt Papa John’s by encouraging people to order smaller pizzas or fewer toppings, but the idea that they’re getting hammered by a one-time 14 cent per-pie increase in labor costs is silly. NowSchnatter personally stands to lose money as a result of the progressive tax increases that will help pay for the law. He’s probably mad about that, but he shouldn’t attribute his personal problems to his business.
Yep. Personally, I think it is plenty worth it to pay $.14 or so a pizza so that millions more Americans get health insurance. And, yes, I will still keep eating Papa John’s when Kim is not home for dinner.