Papa John’s Pizza, which may cut back its number of employees and hours for workers in order to avoid giving them health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, is the official pizza sponsor of the NFL, reports Forbes.com
Papa John’s Pizza's workers usually earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to buy health insurance for their families.
Ironically, taxpayers will be paying for the health care of Papa John's employees who do not have health insurance as they are forced to use emergency rooms. Basically taxpayers will be subsidizing Papa John’s profits.
Interestingly, Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos quarterback, has recently become the owner of 21 Papa John’s locations in the Denver area.
Manning also does TV commericials for Papa John’s to give away two million free pizzas, which far exceeds the price of health coverage for the pizza company's employees.
Will Manning be cutting back on his Papa John's employee's hours as well? Or will he stand by his workers and possibly encourage other Papa John's franchise owners to do the same?
For folks in Wisconsin, they can avoid the whole Papa John's mess by going to Ian’s Pizza, which has been providing full health care coverage to its 50 full-time employees for years.
In fact, folks might want to consider asking pizza chains, whom they normally buy from, if their employees are covered by health insurance. If not, then find a pizza chain that does.