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Obozo kills the Fast Food industry

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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013

Count Wendy’s as the latest fast-food restaurant to respond to Obamacare with a reduction in worker hours. Following some other chains that have made headlines recently, a Wendy’s franchise owner in Omaha, Neb., told about 100 workers in the area that their hours would be cut in anticipation of mandates in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

According to a local TV station, the store said that employees in non-management positions will have their hours reduced to 28 a week. A spokesman blamed the cuts on the new law that, beginning in 2014, will require employers to offer health coverage to employees who log at least 30 hours a week, or pay a penalty starting at $2,000 per worker.

The Wendy’s spokesman said, as a small-business owner, he can't afford to stay in operation and pay for everyone's health insurance. Under the law, any company that has more than 50 full-time workers falls under the new health insurance mandate.


It's a good thing these people are getting healthcare somewhere right?

Chain owners are getting kicked in the balls with the mandate.



“I think some of these companies are going to face a significant cost burden and I would expect to see prices to go up generally for a lot of them,” Hottovy says.

Last year Papa John’s (PZZA) CEO John Schnatter said he would raise pizza prices and cut employee hours because of Obamacare’s expected higher costs. According to a Politico report, Shattner said, "Our best estimate is that the Obamacare will cost 11 to 14 cents per pizza, or 15 to 20 cents per order from a corporate basis."


:thumbsup: Does ObamaCare force Americans to start cooking more at home?

:thumbsup: Is ObamaCare going to make people eat more healthy?

:thumbsup: Or is ObamaCare just going to make people pay more food they can't afford with their now reduced hours?

A clever post I saw online somewhere:

"So let me get this straight, We are going to be gifted with a healthcare plan that we are forced to purchase, and fined if we don’t, which reportly covers 10 million more people without adding a single new doctor, but provides 16,000 new IRS agents, written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a congress that didn’t read it, but exempted themselves from it, and signed by a president who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes, for which we will be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect by your government which has bankrupted social security and Medicare, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that’s broke.

So what the heck can possibly go wrong?"

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kitsumekat Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
I see some positives with this.
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FerricPlushy Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
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
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VISIONOFTHEWORLD Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
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? :lol:

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!! :rofl:

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? :lol:
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bohobella Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
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.
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Debit Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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?
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
It's been three weeks since I last had take out/fast food.

I can cook and I prefer to do so.
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Debit Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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!
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
I like sushi and that can get expensive.
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Jeysie Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's not any easier there. Until we make eating healthy cheaper and more convenient, waistlines will stay large.
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Agburanar Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Having stopped reading your post after the title, I must ask if you are suggesting it would be a bad thing.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Health wise for the nation it would be awesome.
Business wise it'd be a disaster.
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Agburanar Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Oh, I'm sure shareholders would find some other way to profiteer on the underpaid labor of others.
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:iconebolabears:
EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
They'd lose their investments though. If the junk food industry collapsed.
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AnnaGiladi Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Hhahahaahaha!
Scooter people are like a new demographic, it's terrible.
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Jeysie Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
"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.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
"Then they were a failing business to begin with."

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.
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Jeysie Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
...I'm not sure how to interpret this.
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:iconebolabears:
EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
That's okay. Blame Obama
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:iconjeysie:
Jeysie Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
For holding them more accountable?
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:iconebolabears:
EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Oh I don't know. Aren't we supposed to blame OBama for Katrina and bad weather and united shoes?
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:iconjeysie:
Jeysie Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well, I meant, I agree you can blame Obama for holding them accountable. I just don't see how that's a bad thing.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I don't even know what's going on:iconsawthatplz:
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KillerFreya Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good.
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:iconebolabears:
EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
:heart:
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TortelliniPen Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Hmm, 14 cents per pizza? I guess that fast-food employees know how much they aren't worth now.
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:iconebolabears:
EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Ha!
That's based on Papa Johns though.
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TortelliniPen Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Yeah, I know.

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.
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Jeysie Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
"Is it too much to ask for a little human decency?"

You have to ask that question after listening to the average conservative?
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TheRedSnifit Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Gas stations probably aren't the best example of highly profitable franchises.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Ha! OMG! Gas stations......

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.
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VorpalPen Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013   Artist
This is fantastic! Fuck fast food...kill the industry, split up their mega-farms/plantations and let real farmers show you what real food tastes like!
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
But what happens to all the low pay employees?
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VorpalPen Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013   Artist
We may have to eat them, because I don't know anyone that could run a farm...
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:iconebolabears:
EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I can, but would refuse. Too much fucking work man.
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VorpalPen Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013   Artist
We have an unlimited supply of migrant workers. Pay them a decent wage, pass on the savings and increase the minimum wage for Americans in other industries.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Ha! Open the gates to Mexico!:P
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VorpalPen Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013   Artist
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.
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DannimonDesigns Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Why dont you obama haters just kill him already.
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theGman0 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist
What is it with you and death?
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I'm not an Obama hater and this topic has nothing in it that suggests I hate the President.
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Unvalanced Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
*Looks at the title*

I wouldn't say nothing.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
My topic headers are awesome
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RestInMotion Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
If by awesome you mean makes you lose credibility before even reading what you have to say, then yes, awesome indeed.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
That's only if you take things so serious you cannot get past my giant walls of sarcasm.

Because my credibility(If I had any) is in the articles, not the titles.I provide quotes and links in all my threads. I rule you!:mwahaha:
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JessaFlux Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Photographer
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?
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
I love it that you, a beautiful woman, posted in my thread:iconilavplz:

Onto your comments.
Yes, we know many chains keep hours low to prevent things like overtime, or keep them out of health care. But the new mandate is almost forcing employers to do it now.

The second problem is, you'd hope those low wage short hours people would somehow someway get to school and pursue a better career. But we also know that's not happening on a large enough scale.

Is anything good actually coming out of ObamaCare?
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Unvalanced Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Who are you and what have you done with Omega?
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Have you seen her gallery?!:P
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Ragerancher Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Chat up line of the century right there :D
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