Mr. John Schnatter, owner of one of the largest mansions I have ever seen built by an American pastime, made news when he claimed that raising the price of his pizza by pennies would be too great a change to provide those working for him with health care, something he would be required to do under the Affordable Health Care Act. Yes, folks this act is going to cost you more in pizza. But if you eat lots of pizza, your health care costs are going to go up anyway.
I am willing to pay more for all types of things so that my fellow citizens can have decent health care. It is the lower wage employees, many times the ones exposed to the worst working conditions and the most unpredictable employment stability, that are going to suffer by employers reducing their hours. I was trying to cheer up a cashier at BJ's when he pointed out it was not the long hours but the shorter hours he was suffering from. He was only allowed to work 24 hours a week. I thought it was an overtime issue, but he clarified that if he put in 30 hours they would have to provide him with healthcare support.
Denny's restaurants in Florida said they would raise their meals by 5%. Really! I am willing to pay that during the few times I eat at Denny's.
The Darden restaurants (Olive Garden, Red Lobster, etc.) also claimed this healthcare law was just too costly and too burdensome on their business...until they found within weeks a drop in business by about 37% when people found out and a drop in their standards of customer service when employees were spread out part-time.
Look, this national health care initiative is going to cost, but the cost will be spread out over us all and there are several provisions that tighten the waste and overspending done in hospitals and doctor's offices.
Just THINK for a minute. Do you really want to be eat food that has been cooked, handled and served by staff who avoid seeing a doctor until the very last minute because they have no health care? Let us be practical here and little more generous with our money.
I will watch the food industry and only eat in those places that care about the health of their employees. You can take your own chances as you wish.