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Speak Out: Will You Boycott Denny's, Applebees and Papa John's?

Some franchise owners of these popular chains are making big changes to offset costs of Obamacare, but it's causing some customers to rethink which businesses they'll support.

Several franchise owners of popular restaurant chains say that the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare will increase costs for small business owners—and in order to offset costs they are adding surcharges to bills, threatening layoffs and more.

According to the Huffington Post, John Metz, a Florida-based Denny's franchise owner, is adding a 5 percent surcharge to customers' bills to offset costs for healthcare.

Apple-Metro CEO Zane Tankel, who owns more than 40 Applebee's chains in the metro New York area, slammed Obamacare on Fox Business Network, Huffington Post reported, stating he would not hire any more employees and may cut the hours of current employees. 

But a Twitter campaign has already begun against Papa John's after CEO John Schnatter said the chain would increase prices to offset costs related to the  Affordable Care Act. Protestors are asking Americans to support local pizza chains over Papa John's.

So what do you think? Will you boycott these businesses for their actions against employees and customers? Or you think that small business owners are suffering due to Obamacare? Tell us in the comments.

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Kathy November 21, 2012 at 11:33 PM
poor thing--having to give something without the guarantee of getting something in return. Maybe these greedy old people will be good enough to all retire so that your generation can move into their jobs. And if they really care, maybe they will all obligingly die so that you don't have to worry about their healthcare, social security payments, voting records, taking too long to pay at the supermarket. . . . Anything to make life easier for your generation.
MG42 November 22, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Kathy, don't be arrogant. If I was voluntarily making SS payments, that would be one thing. But retirees, you and other supporters of the SS ponzi are stealing the money from me. If old people are too dumb to save adequately for their retirement, health care, food or whatever, that's not my problem. They can have welfare and food stamps if they need it, but the SS ponzi is a terrible idea that will screw lots of people when it goes belly up.
Kathy November 22, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I assume that you are in your mid-20s? A lot can happen to people, even those who are doing everything right and working hard and saving their money. You should copy this conversation and look at it again in 25-30 years, I wonder if you will still feel the same. Happy Thanksgiving.
MG42 November 22, 2012 at 01:32 AM
No, past 20s and making enough where I don't appreciate subsidizing greedy older people who should have private savings. Again Kathy, try and comprehend this: SS is not welfare or food stamps. It is a theft from one generation to give to another. I don't understand why you are struggling so hard to grasp that fact.
Liz G. November 22, 2012 at 12:53 PM
I support the small business owners who have to do this. If they have to pay for affordable insurance for their employees and they are struggling to eek out a living in this economy, so be it! Obama not going to subsidize these businesses to help them out! Everyone has a right to health insurance, if they want it, but in order for it to be "affordable", someone has to pay for it. Unless we get the rich tycoons to help out, it will come out of everyones pocket eventually!
Buck Harmon November 22, 2012 at 01:10 PM
There are MANY variables associated with the cost of healthcare...all of them tend to drive the cost up for everyone, no matter how it's paid for. We need to focus on healthcare options that will actually reduce some of the out of control...greed driven costs. Americans seem to blindly follow government run programs for some reason, public apathy perhaps, but I am of the belief that each individual has to become more dependent and responsible for their own financial life and less dependent on government run programs of any sort...the system seems to just move human beings through without concern for quality of life at any age...like herding cattle from pasture to pasture...we need to be the creators of our own life quality...no amount of government managed money will ever do that for you.
Kathy November 22, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Yes, anyone who has ever spent time in a hospital, or watched a loved one there knows that medical care has become so technical and impersonal. the emphasis is on extending life instead of improving quality, treating symptoms instead of causes, and everyone is a product to be repaired rather than a human. It is demeaning, and the high costs and high profits of healthcare push that. And each individual SHOULD responsible for their own financial well being, anyone who can should be saving for retirement, have an emergency fund, have health insurance--but I have seen people who worked and saved all their lives and then, through no fault of their own, lost everything. A lost job, an illness or injury, and eventually their savings are gone, their house is gone, and they are living in their kids basement or worse. People think it can never happen to them, that these "greedy old people" were too dumb or careless to plan ahead--it makes them feel better to think "That can never happen to me, I am doing everything right." No government can do it all for you, but no amount of individual planning can insulate you from needing help. Are we going to be a nation that lets everyone sink or swim on their own, or will be all work together to build lifeboats for all? I think that is the fight currently going on for our nation's soul.
MG42 November 22, 2012 at 09:05 PM
But luckily Kathy, Obamacare magically creates a bunch of new doctors to treat the poor. Oh, wait.... Your worldview is alarmingly simplistic.
Jackie Schrenker-Case November 23, 2012 at 02:14 AM
HR.....There is nothing wrong with me; however, from your comments I gather you live is a relatively sheltered world in terms of not being hit with much of life's unexpected twists and turns or you are just yanking my chain. The medical community does not determine who gets a organ by who can afford it, that is considered unethical. It is determined by a number of factors, not who can bid the highest to get it. When is comes to paying for the procedure, that depends on insurance and ability to pay and which hospital you are in. I am not sure exactly how it works, but there are hospitals that cannot refuse patients. I am not sure if it is just in their ER or for any reason. I believe the founders wrote it into the original charter for Johns Hopkins Hospital as did other medical institutions. They has considerably more forethought and heart to realize that to leave it to those making purely financial decisions with respect to medicine and the treatment of patients. They realized that, to remain a top leading medical institution, it must makes its decision by those in the medical community guide by ethics, not dollars. JH is the leading hospital in the country.
Jackie Schrenker-Case November 23, 2012 at 02:46 AM
It is very obvious you have not been faced with the kind of decisions that would turn your stomach to have to make....I have. I have seen friends who have had children born with severe medical issues that wasn't fully covered by their insurance. When the mother became pregnant with her second child, the company promoted her husband, then canned him shortly thereafter saying that he couldn't perform his new duties. It was quite apparent that they canned him to because she was pregnant and they feared another child with similar disabilities and/or issues. So, there was my friend, uninsured and pregnant. While her husband wasn't the brightest, they underestimated my friend who did the research and called the insurance commissioner and file a complaint...the company was force to cover her pregnancy. My father worked his whole life, he worked during the years of child labor, he worked until he was probably close to 70. He worked and contributed his whole life. He was a WWII veteran, a police officer in Baltimore City, salesman, and small business owner in his later years. Our insurance was through my mother's work, until she died....I was 16. I am not sure what was offered through his sales jobs, but it wasn't as good as what my mother carried through C&P (now verizon) and I just know when he was a small business owner, he could only afford private catastrophic medical insurance and was always worried something would happen. He didn't slouch, he worked hard, long hours...
Jackie Schrenker-Case November 23, 2012 at 02:59 AM
.... I had just started working and I had great insurance.....how is that a fair system? Last comes my reality....my late husband and I always carried the top insurance that we could get....I still do. I pay top premiums to have choices of doctors etc. When he was ill and receiving his first radiation treatment, the nurse informed me that they were still waiting to get clearance for a drug that would help him better tolerate the radiation. I wasn't worried, I had top BC/BS....she then told me it didn't matter, some of the best policies don't always cover things. My heart sunk. I then said, well we will have to pay for it out of pocket and I asked how much it would cost. She said it was $1000 per shot and he needed two shots per treatment. I was stunned, he required 35 treatments....I wasn't sure if it would be $35k or $70, but I knew we couldn't afford it. I would have been willing to mortgage the house to the limit etc, but I couldn't. I had a 14 year old daughter to raise, and more than likely alone. He has stage 3B lung cancer. On the drive home, I had to tell him about it....he said we can't afford that...I said I know. I literally (in the true meaning of the word) felt like I would vomit. I was devastated, we had paid for the best...how could I be faced with these choices? When we received word that BC/BS would cover it, while relieved for the moment, I was still very upset that there were others who weren't as lucky as us....how could that be?
Jackie Schrenker-Case November 23, 2012 at 03:24 AM
I learned a lot over the next month about medical insurance and it scared the hell out of me. When he advanced to stage 4, we went to find out the latest experimental drugs and/or studies. There was an approved chemo drug for certain cancers that was promising for lung cancer, his oncologist wanted to use it for him but he would have to appeal to the insurance company...in the meantime he continued with what was already available....months later it would be approved for lung cancer patients and would have been approved for my husband, but by then it was too late. In that case, the choice of treatment was not up to my husband and his doctor, but the insurance company. I will never know if that drug would have given him a little more time or not had it been given to him when the doc first want to use it, but the decision should have been his. We paid for the insurance, it was an approved chemo drug for other cancers and currently under study for lung cancer. So.....when you question someone, be sure that you know of what you speak, you don't. You are obviously have not lived enough of life to know. Someday, the time will come when you face something such as this, a child, a close friend, or a parent....your will then look back and realize how little you do know, then hopefully, the light will go on and you will understand that this is all much more complicated than you think or "the bottom line" costs indicate.
Jackie Schrenker-Case November 23, 2012 at 03:32 AM
The reason the USPS is in the red is that the surplus money was shifted out of the USPS under the Bush Administration.
Jackie Schrenker-Case November 23, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Ah, but what is happening is that they are arbitrarily raising the cost and blaming it on Obamacare. Most of Obamacare doesn't go into effect until 2014, meanwhile they rake in the profits...not a new or uncommon business practice, raise the price and shift the blame.....
Buck Harmon November 23, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Thanks for sharing Jackie...there is no illusion to reality..
Jackie Schrenker-Case November 23, 2012 at 03:38 AM
EXACTLY! It is not a new or uncommon business practice, raise the price and shift the blame.....
Jackie Schrenker-Case November 23, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Not a tantrum...it is the American way of non-violently protesting something that one feels is wrong or unjust. Ever heard of the Boston Tea Party? (Do NOT confuse that with the Tea Party of today).
Jackie Schrenker-Case November 23, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Hmmm......I have family working in the healthcare system in Boston, you know Romneycare, the model for Obamacare.....I haven't heard of a mass layoff from there. Also, my daughter attends college in MA, if we don't show proof of insurance, we get assessed for it in her college fees....it isn't free....
Jackie Schrenker-Case November 23, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Reality check....by corporate standards Obama isn't rich, he will be in time, after he is out of office and starts charging for speaking etc. The salaries of our government officials are pocket change for corporate CEO, Wall Street brokers, etc.... Yes, by middle class standard Obama is wealthy, he admits its...so what? It is all relative....at the moment, he is closer in income to you and I than he is to Romney and his corporate backers. And you are clueless.....while I may not agree with the Republican platform, I am educated enough to know that they all don't think alike... I know plenty of Republicans who are embarrassed by the Tea Party...should we lump you all into one group...
Jackie Schrenker-Case November 23, 2012 at 04:20 AM
HR....how young are you? I have been hearing them say the same thing about SS for years....I heard it won't be gone long ago....I don't disagree there will are issues that need to be addressed, but it still there. As Kathy stated, I thought and felt the same way too....there has been talk for years about privatizing it and having us invest it ourselves...well we saw what happened to the stock market. I know many people who have the bulk of their saving in a 401k and cannot retire now because they had planned for it to continue to grow....they are still recovering. I can tell you my late husband had his money in it when the stock crashed the 15 or so years ago...he never recovered all of it before it crashed again....I haven't touched a dime of it and it still isn't what it once was....the last I checked it is a little more than it was when he died almost 7 years ago....he would be 60 and if he were alive, he would not be able to even begin to consider retiring on it. And any older person...a generation beyond mine, will tell you that they saved as much as they could based on what they made....it is just things have gone up so much that over time, they fell behind....bank dividends do not keep up with inflation. What are you going to do? let them starve? Any good investor would tell you to divest....so, SS with a 401k is a much better plan than just one or the other.....
Jackie Schrenker-Case November 23, 2012 at 04:26 AM
We already do...why do you think hospital care, etc. cost so much? We already underwrite those costs. With affordable healthcare, people will be able to get the care they need before it becomes critical and necessary to go to the ER or be hospitalized, thus costing less. If a person gets preventative healthcare, or early intervention it is much less expensive. Basically it is pay now, or PAY LATER!
Jackie Schrenker-Case November 23, 2012 at 05:24 AM
The reality is I made some of the same stupid statements when I was young and had yet to be face with much of life. When I was in my twenties, I said if they work and choose not to get insurance, then forget it. I said it after a story of a man who was in ICU, who was hit on a motorcycle and was not wearing a helmet, and uninsured. My feeling is he was selfish by not paying for insurance and for choosing not to wear a helmet. My older brother asked what were they to do? let him die? I paid my health insurance, why should I pay for him so he can spend it on what he wants. My brother, pointed out that i don't know this man's circumstances...maybe he does work, maybe he was just laid off, maybe he doesn't clear enough to afford both health insurance and food....I didn't agree, but I guess it sunk a little because I remember the conversation. As I experienced life, my views have changed. I learned that the things that seem simple are often much more complicated than we realize, and sometimes vice versa. I learned not to judge so harshly as, all but for the grace of God, there go I.
Kathy November 23, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Thanks Jackie. There are no easy or simple answers. All we have is the opportunity to decide how we will act. No one likes taxes, but I want myself, and my country, to act with common decency towards those less fortunate, and I am willing to give up some of my earnings for that goal. I don't feel victimized or stolen from, I feel proud to live in a country where I am asked to contribute something towards the common good.
MG42 November 23, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Jackie, TL;DR
Jackie Schrenker-Case November 24, 2012 at 01:38 AM
TL; DR.....?
Jackie Schrenker-Case November 24, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Agreed. I have felt the same...I did years ago when all of this was an issue under Reagan. The major difference between then and now was the Republicans were saying the deficit was not a big deal and the Dems were yelling that we were leaving our children in too much debt.
Kathy November 24, 2012 at 02:23 AM
That's internet shorthand for "too long, didn't read." In a world where everything is supposed to be in quick, simple sound bites, some people use that for anything longer than a tweet. :-)
Jackie Schrenker-Case November 24, 2012 at 02:26 AM
thanks.....Kathy
Jackie Schrenker-Case November 24, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Of course you didn't, it takes effort to educated yourself and to form an informed opinion. That is the problem, everyone wants short, quick answers and sound bites that can fit on a computer screen. The computer is a double edge sword when it comes to communication....we now can communicate with thousands of people instantly but our attention spans have diminished which limits our greater understanding of things.
MG42 November 24, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Jackie, I'm happy to have a discussion using logic and reason. I don't have all day to read your anecdotal stories and emotional pleas. For goodness sakes you can't even google "tldr" to find out what it means.

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