In the Huffington Post, Papa Johns Founder John Schnatter says news reports that he said his company would “close stores and cut jobs because of Obamacare” are not true:
Clearly there was some misunderstanding somewhere. The remarks that generated the headlines were made during an entrepreneur class I was asked to speak to at a Florida college. I was asked to share my experience as an entrepreneur and to provide the students with real-life small business situations. Unbeknownst to me, until she identified herself, a reporter was there. …
The reporter asked what I believed Papa John’s franchisees would do in response to Obamacare, not what Papa John’s would do. In fact, her question was “wouldn’t some business owners just cut people down like 34 hours a week so they wouldn’t have to pay for health insurance?”
My answer: “It’s common sense.”
Schnatter goes on to suggest that indeed, Papa Johns franchisee owners will be able to make their own decisions on hiring and full-time statuses. He says, however, corporate employees will not have their hours cut and will be provided health insurance.