Right now, a hungry Bostonian can order a large Papa John’s chicken parmesan pizza for 10 bucks. But watch out: the pizza chain’s founder, John Schnatter, is warning customers that to accommodate President Obama’s health care law, they may have to shell out $10.14. Schnatter, a fundraiser for Mitt Romney, may be accurate in explaining how some fast-food chains will cover the costs of new provisions in the law — by slightly raising prices. But he is wrong to complain.
Schnatter’s comments were made to shareholders. According to Politico, his intention was to alleviate their concerns about profits. “[W]e will find tactics to shallow out any Obamacare costs. . . in order to protect our shareholders’ best interests,” he vowed.