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!