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Speak Out: Will You Boycott Applebee's and Papa John's?

The franchise owners of some popular chains are making big changes to offset costs of Obamacare, but it's causing some customers to rethink which businesses they'll support.

Several franchise owners of popular restaurant chains say that the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, will increase costs for small business owners—and in order to offset costs they are adding surcharges to bills, threatening layoffs and more.

Apple-Metro CEO Zane Tankel, who owns more than 40 Applebee's chains in the metro New York area, slammed Obamacare on Fox Business Network, Huffington Post reported, stating he would not hire any more employees and may cut the hours of current employees. 

According to the Huffington Post, John Metz, a Florida-based Denny's franchise owner, is adding a 5 percent surcharge to customers' bills to offset costs for healthcare.

But a Twitter campaign has already begun against Papa John's after CEO John Schnatter’s said the chain would increase prices to offset costs related to the  Affordable Care Act. Protestors are asking Americans to support local pizza chains over Papa John's.

So what do you think? Will you boycott area franchises of these restaurants for their corporation's actions against employees and customers? Or you think that small business owners are suffering due to Obamacare? Tell us in the comments.

Robert Wickline November 18, 2012 at 12:10 PM
No I will not boycott them. I think they are making a great point. This healthcare debacle is not free, It will cost us all in the long run. Nothing in life is free!
DARIUS November 18, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Never eaten at Applebees, but will not order from Papa Johns, even before the so called health care debacle they charge 2.00 for delivery and still tip the driver at least 4 dollars for his gas and time, because the drivers didnt get any of the 2.00 i know 5 drivers who has quit since the election they got better UNION JOBS
Jewel Barlow November 18, 2012 at 01:17 PM
No I will not boycott them. They are making rational decisions based on the effect of this "law" on their businesses. This health care law is a debacle, taking us in the wrong direction. A much better health care law would be decoupling health insurance and health care from employers and moving it in a direction that keeps the focus on the transactions between care givers and their clients (all of us as individuals). Boycotting any business for its response to this debacle of a law will be a push in the wrong direction.
edward oliver November 18, 2012 at 01:31 PM
without health care, a person will die many, many years before their time. It's the poor who can not afford health care. Thousands of American soldiers have died so that we can be free. But now we do not want to pay just a little bit more so someone can be free from illness. I want to be free from illness, so I will do what i can do to help someone else to be well and free from illness. Believe it or not...how you treat others, will come back to you. Yes I will boycott... because i love this country "One nation (United States) under God (God's divine protection) with LIBERTY and JUSTICE for ALL". Those words use to mean something to us. How far as a country have we fallen? The United States infant mortality ( once a child is born, it will die before it's first birthday) ranks 29th in the world. What makes the U.S. the greatest country on Earth? Not the trees,rivers, mountains etc., the people care and take care of one another. This is one of the principals we as a nation will be judged. thank you...eddie
Robert Headley November 18, 2012 at 01:42 PM
You bet I'll boycott these two chains. What a crummy way to treat their employees and customers.
Ian Brett Cooper November 18, 2012 at 01:57 PM
I've already boycotted Papa Johns. I never buy at Applebees.
Jim McCormick November 18, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Why boycott a company that doesn't provide health insurance so that I can support a company that doesn't provide health insurance? Most local places don't provide insurance either. Just because Papa John was honest about his potential expanded costs due to ACA is no reason to boycott. I appreciate the fact that he made the statement. It's about time a CEO is honest. Besides, most pizza shop employees are high school/college age kids that will be covered under their parents health care. If people boycott, they may lose their jobs. Unless you're going to ask every server/cook/hostess/delivery driver if they have coverage it doesn't make sense. Just because a company doesn't make a public stance doesn't mean they aren't doing the same thing. Think.
K.Burns November 18, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Yes, I will boycott both of these chains and Macy's, too. The fact that these chains make public statements about their decisions seems to me to be more about their dsipleasure with the current administration than with any concern for their workers. I am boycotting Macy's for their relationship with Donald Trump.
Judy Owen November 18, 2012 at 03:04 PM
It is my understanding that Papa Johns are all individually owned and have fewer than 50 employees. They do not get health insurance so why would you add a surcharge for something you aren't paying. If this is incorrect can someone clue me in?
Charles E. Pace, Sr. November 18, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Yes, I will boycott both of these chains and Macy's as well. If John Schnatter(sp) hadn't made his political statement regarding why he is raising prices I would not have boycotted Papa Johns. Hopefully some day these business and Donald Trump, John Schnatter and others like them will realize that they can't continue to insult, demonize and say crazy and silly things about people and expect those same people to support them.
N Bennett November 18, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Actually, the owner of Papa Johns lives in a 44,000 square foot house with a 22 car garage. A study showed that Obamacare's costs are LESS than his "free pizza giveaway" promotion. It would add at MOST 20 cents to a pizza. Nobody would even NOTICE this increase. Therefore the owner's PUBLIC stance regarding the "burden" of Obamacare is overt, needless political posturing at the expense of his employees. Proof that most big business owners care about preserving their OWN wealth rather than the welfare of their workers; benefits to their workers that they can easily afford. I will boycott.
michele doe November 18, 2012 at 04:49 PM
robert wickline u are so wrong u must have insurance
D D November 18, 2012 at 08:32 PM
I think most people are missing an important part of all this. If you boycott, then you are only hurting the employees worse. What's worse? No health insurance or no job, because if you boycott, they will all lose their jobs. Just sayin. BTW, I live on an island with no applebys or papa johns in case you think I am in anyway connected with either company.
Joe November 18, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Having worked in the ER, I am sadden for anyone, who believes that poor people, who make minimal wages, shouldn't be entitled to health care buy their employees. It will cost about 4 cent per pizza. It is sad when patients, who don't have insurance for their children or themselves must use the ER as their primary doctor, or won't bring their child because they don't have healthcare and they bring them too late and they die. Sad. Germany does it well with Universal health care, it is about time a president thinks about the future of Americans!
Jim November 18, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Yes,I will boycott both. Whining about Obamacare while living in a 40K sf house built on the backs of those employees that you don't provide with healthcare. Shame!!
Walter S. November 19, 2012 at 01:18 AM
I agree: of course it costs us, and it should. If I have to pay a little extra for my pizza so that the people who made it can see a doctor when they're sick, I say it's well worth it.
Badger Boy November 19, 2012 at 02:30 AM
These owners are the voice of the mean, petty, little, greedy, and envious America that lost the election. Were these people capable of running businesses successful on merit instead of on the backs of the employees, they wouldn't have to worry about the cost of health care coverage. These are the same hypocrites who tout the workforce as the most importent part of a successful business then turn aroung and treat the employees as if they are an annoyance, a burden to be shed, and an inconvenience to be ignored. Boycott now!
Bill November 19, 2012 at 06:45 AM
I am a regular customer of both Papa Johns and Applebee's, I will boycott them, We need major Health care changes.
jag November 19, 2012 at 07:15 AM
Indeed. Being forced to provide basic healthcare for your employees. Oh the humanity! CEOs being slightly less insanely rich - what's the world coming to! Surely Obama is an evil socialist out to take all of our money and give it to lazy people!
Mike McGillicuddy November 19, 2012 at 04:43 PM
How to actually FIX health insurance (HI) availability / affordability: 1) Make HI policy a personal policy like car insurance is: YOU buy it, it follows YOU when you change jobs, 2) Disallow INS refusal based on Pre existing conditions, pay higher premiums, BUT 3) Allow each person a 50% FED Income tax CREDIT for the insurance s/he buys That is if it costs $1000 / mo. for the INS you need, you pay $500 / mo LESS fed tax 4) Make (3) depend on income (adjusted for inflation so we don't get stuck with ahother AMT alternative mininmum tax, debacle). Say the % Tax Credit is 100% for a person making $25k/yr and diminishes to 0% by (pick a number) say, Income = $2 mil / yr 5) Allow only one "tweak" of one parameter in (1) thru (4) every 4 years & must pass by 60% of House, 60% of Senate and signed by President
Elle December 15, 2012 at 04:02 AM
I will keep eating at Applebees and won't tip anymore. And order pizza and wont tip delivery, and will use retailmenot on $25% 40% 50% off codes..SO in all, I am not out anything. Their employees are. Then they will quit, and they will have to change their ways...
Brett Littrell March 05, 2013 at 07:34 PM
Of course I won't boycott a firm for doing what is necessary to survive in this environment. I will not purchase Obamacare and if they try and force me I will quit working and let others pay for me. I will not be forced by a tyrannical government to work for them. BWL
juan lleonart March 07, 2013 at 06:19 PM
John Schnatter spent hundred grand hunting down his old car to reemind himself when he was poor. What a hipocrite assholegreedyscumbag.
heather surber June 15, 2013 at 04:01 AM
No I will not boycott. I am not for obamacare. I do think that applebees and papa johns are doing the right thing. Oh and by the way, I do not have insurance. Just because someone does not support obamacare does not mean that they are insured. That's bullshit. And I know plenty of people who are anti obamacare and anti :bama and also do not have any kind of insurance.

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