Ironically if fast food costs were to rise dramatically, we might stop leading the world in diabetes, hyper tension, and high cholesterol. Also, this isn't a new phenomenon. Look at walmart, if an employee is fulltime(36+ hours per week) then they must receive benefits, but 90% of walmart employees are "part time" (<32 hours per week) THANK GOD republicans eliminated the single payer mandate, because if they did then these healthcare costs wouldn't be passed on to job creators, good job GOP, looking out for job creators
I find this entertaining nowadays. The making of arguments that someone's policies cause hardship in the form of economic strife or prices rising has been around for years from both sides. Like the dems saying Bush's tax cuts caused unemployment to rise, so this is the same thing. Prices on all things will always go up, and always do. So if I know something is inevitable, and then claim my opponent is causing it- then I can say I'm always right. It's going to rain all week in Charlotte, so I'm going to say it is caused by the tea baggers opposing balancing the budget. It rained all day today, and the forecast says rain for all night and tomorrow- how can I be proved wrong?
CEO John Schnatter is the icing on the cake though. The guy who had plenty of money to throw at Romeny's campaign, a losing presidential campaign I might add- he had enough to piss away on that. So how can we prove his "calculation" wrong that the Affordable Care Act will raise his overhead by 20 cents per pizza? Unless he publicizes his Cost-Each on pizzas, which no business ever does, then we can't disprove him. And it's irrelevant now- because he just made an announcement to millions of potential customers that he's raising prices for political reasons. About 52% of Americans voted for Obama, so by law of averages that means he is telling more than half his customers to GET THEIR PIZZA SOMEWHERE ELSE!!
You know what will be really rich, is if Domino's or Pizza Hut comes out and says: "We're not raising our prices like Papa John's! And get delivery FREE with this coupon!" Yeah, competition's a bitch eh Schnatter?
Raising the cost of unhealthy food has always been a method of encouraging healthy eating. I don't see this as some evil ploy to make fat people poorer and fatter, now that there is some sort of health care system there's all the more reason to keep the massive public in better fucking health, and the whole fast food nation thing is your first problem in that respect. It is actually possible to eat healthy on limited, little income rather than choosing the equally cheap, crappy instant food options.
Personally, I think fast food industries, although they are very convenient at times -- as in having to travel very long distances and need to get some food on a short notice -- they should not be immune from 'creative destruction'. Based on my own experience, eating out on a regular basis is an easy way of gaining waist circumference and longer-term health issues.
Overall, it may well be better to induce individual households to pay more attention to groceries, cooking, and nutritional issues?
The last time I visited a restaurant was almost six months ago. Economic consideration also plays a part; eating out frequently eats up wallet pretty fast. The amount of money I pay for two (my mom and myself) in a low-end restaurant like Souplantation is equivalent to about a week's worth of common grocery items like fruits, veggies and seafood. As for fast food .... the last time I visited a place like McDonald's was over three years ago!
Well, if it reduces the number of absolute failures driving to Walmart on scooters because they've become too fat to fucking walk, looking for more fat food so they can hold on to that lazy-ass scooter, great. Nothing wrong with eating less quantity and more quality. I tried it, it's great.
"Chain owners are getting kicked in the balls with the mandate."
Then they were a failing business to begin with.
If you want healthy workers, it's your responsibility to pay for your workers to stay healthy, whether it's via paying for their insurance directly or paying them enough to afford the treatment they need to stay healthy. Your free ride of expecting everyone else to pay for your needs is over.
Of course, the real solution would be to do what every other developed country did for its businesses and cover healthcare via the government... but... nope. The Republicans wanted the private sector to take care of everything! Well, private sector honeys, it's time to do what you said you wanted.
But either way, fast-food employees are treated like crap as it is. Is it too much to ask for a little human decency? Franchise store ownership is supposed to be pretty profitable, such as gas stations. I don't think that any of these companies are going to go the way of Hostess if they have to provide some health care.
Gas Stations are not run away money making machines.
Yes they can be profitable, but it's all about volume because margins on gas, drinks, snacks, and slushies are really small. It gets even worse for smokes and booze unless you're in an area that gets tourism and you can sneak in high prices.
That's why they're gas station/service centers or gas station/convenience store and not just a pump in a parking lot.
I thought you were interested in solving the countries problems. Businesses would fall over themselves to set up shop in the U.S. if we had a worker program that benefitted both the worker, by paying a wage higher than their own country (but less than the new minimum wage...around $12.00) and the employer who could use the workers right here in this country to remain competitive. Corporations would still have to adhere to our stricter regulations, but we'd give them bigger tax breaks, etc.
Some kind of sweeping immigration policy is already in the works -- let's hope it addresses more than border security and citizenship rights.
You think this is something new? Lots of big chains keep their worker's hours down under a certain amount of hours so they don't have to pay them benefits. I don't see how you will ever get anything but Social Security for retirement if you are just like a temporary worker, and who knows how long SS will last. Seems like the lowly minimum wage worker gets screwed all the way to Tuesday. Is it any wonder why people find other ways to make money, legal or otherwise?