Obamacare Will Drive Up The Cost Of Living Dramatically


At Slate, Matthew Yglesias scoffs at Papa Johns’ founder John Schnatter saying the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, will drive up costs for his company by roughly $0.20 per order, something his company will be passing along to customers.

“Stipulating for a moment that this is true, doesn’t it seem like a rather small price to pay?” asks Yglesias.

No, it’s not small at all.

Papa John’s operates 3,973 restaurants. I can’t figure out how many orders the company processes daily, but let’s assume a very conservative 100 orders per store. That’s 397,300 orders every day. Adding $0.20 to ever order in additional labor costs translates into just over $29 million in additional costs for Papa Johns customers annually.

Again, that estimate is undoubtedly low (on the last Super Bowl Sunday Papa Johns sold nearly 1,000,000 pizzas) and we’re talking about just one business operating in the country. Translate those additional costs into every business that employs people in the country, and you can see that Obamacare will inflate the cost of living in America dramatically.

A rise in the cost of living means we all get poorer. It means fewer jobs, less economic activity and less prosperity for all of us.

Yglesias shouldn’t be so quick to scoff. An extra $0.20 in cost on an order of pizza is, in fact, a big deal.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    $0.20 for a pizza once or twice a month and they get more health care coverage?

    Now what?

    • http://sayanything.flywheelsites.com Rob

      But it’s not just pizza. Every company in America will face these additional costs.

      So it’s a higher cost of living plus more taxes plus a more restrictive market place for health insurance and health care that is already driving costs for those services up as well.

      I know you folks on the left don’t always have a firm grasp on how the economy actually works, but even you should be able to see that’s a bad deal.

      • NDSuperman

        You are wasting your breath on RBB Rob… “$0.20 for a pizza once or twice a month” …sheesh…that’s what he took out of your post.

        • Onslaught1066

          When one lives rent free in its mothers basement, cost of living is “relative”.

        • robert108

          Cherry-picking to deceive, as usual.

      • two_amber_lamps

        And it’s a tax that builds on itself… sorta like the VAT. Every step in the process will increase the cost due to the progressive layers of addl cost thanks to the additional cost of health care. The cost of the manufacture of the cheese, the pepperoni, etc, etc…

        I agree, $.20 is probably a very conservative estimate…

        • Onslaught1066

          “Conservative estimate”?!

          Get it away! Get it away!!


      • Gern Blanston

        It’s easier not to think – that IS liberalism. “What’s wrong with an additonal 20 cents the next time I buy a pizza?” Why not spend an additional 50 cents per pizza, and we’ll be able to end poverty in America!

        • Jamer Morrow

          No, your pizza will cost more and you will have less to spend on other things which will make the economy even weaker.

    • Gern Blanston

      ..and no guarantee of more – or better – healthcare. But it’s the thought that counts…

  • Jamer Morrow

    It will cost a lot more than 20 cents. Most Americans are broke and live on debt. What does that 10 dollar pizza cost when you put it on a credit card with 12% interest. The government is broke and will have to inflate the currency to pay for Obama care. Poppa Johns is assuming it can pass the costs to its consumers. I wonder if Papa Johns took into account what inflation is going to do to health care costs? My guess would be no.

    • robert108

      “Most Americans are broke and live on debt. ”
      False premise, false conclusions.

  • mikemc1970

    It’s just another way to pass the taxes for this monstrosity of left wing social engineering on to the consumer.

    • Jamer Morrow

      Too bad you can’t pass all costs to the consumer. That is why businesses are leaving the country or outsourcing.

      • robert108

        Wrong. The cause is taxation and regulation.

  • WOOF

    The price of a gallon of gas has gone down twice as much.
    I buy a lot more gallons of gas than pizzas.
    Small price to have all Americans covered by health care .
    Giving Americans the freedom to leave jobs without losing health insurance.
    Preventing Americans from being denied healthcare cause they’re
    ‘pre-existingly” sick.
    America stepping up for its’ people.

    • Onslaught1066

      Does it make a good mixer with Sterno?

    • robert108

      The price of a gallon of gas has gone UP by 100% since obama took office.
      Universal coverage is a pipe dream; it would require that the cost be zero.

    • guest

      Gas was $1.80 a gallon when Bush left office. When the price gets back to that level, let us know, you moron.
      Americans aren’t “leaving” their jobs, they’re losing them, you idiot. Being “covered” by insurance doesn’t guarantee access to the procedures and tests you might need, you slug.

      • WOOF

        Bush lowered the price of gas by destroying the economy.
        Got the DOW down to 6000 too.
        G still can’t show his face.
        The B word is verboten.

        • robert108

          More lies. President Bush lowered the price of gas by increasing domestic supply by vacating the drilling bans. Nothing President Bush did “destroyed” the economy; it was the bursting of the Democrat home loan mandate bubble, triggered by Shumer’s false rumor of a bank run, that did that. The economy was still bad when obama took office, and after he renewed the drilling bans, the price went back up. The present DOW another bubble, fueled by obama’s $6 TRILLION in deficit spending.

        • guest

          Thanks for once again proving what an ignorant asshole you are.

        • guest

          If that’s how gas prices are lowered, then gas should be under a $1.00 considering how obama has the country in a steep decline heading for the bottom.

        • ‘Tom Crawford

          Please tell me how Bush destroyed the economy when the last 2 years of his presidency Congress and House was controlled by the Democrats…you know…the ones that control the purse strings….the ones that make laws and policy…..How did Bush destroy the economy. I believe Bush has 52 straight months of job growth.

        • ‘Tom Crawford

          Gonna steal this from answers, but feel free to debate what is written:

          How ignorant do you have to be to STILL blame Bush?
          1) The day the democrats took over was not January 22nd 2009, it was actually January 3rd 2007 the day the Democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of the 110th Congress.

          2) The Democrat Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995. For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is “Bush’s Fault”, think about this:

          (exhibit a) January 3rd, 2007 was the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress. At the time The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77.The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%..The Unemployment rate was 4.6%. George Bush’s Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB GROWTH.

          (exhibit b) January 3rd, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES! The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy? Unemployment… to this CRISIS by (among MANY other things) dumping 5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on the economy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FIASCOES!

          (exhibit c) Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie – starting in 2001 because it was financially risky for the US economy.

          (exhibit d) And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND Freddie Mac? OBAMA. And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie? OBAMA and the Democrat Congress So when someone tries to blame Bush…. REMEMBER JANUARY 3rd, 2007…. THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER!”

          Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 & 2009 as well as 2010 & 2011. In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases.

          3) For 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budgets.

          4) And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete 2009.

          5) If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.

          If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself. In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January 20th.


    • ‘Tom Crawford

      Gas in Michigan right now is $3.99

  • robert108

    When obama engineered his fascist takeover of the healthcare industry, which was generating revenue and hiring at the time, he took one sixth of the private sector offline, and turned it into a sinkhole for taxpayer money. Anyone with a brain could deduce that it would require massive taxation to “pay” for it, and since taxation removes money from the real economy, it would deal a blow to our prosperity. And that’s exactly what happened.

  • rbhw95

    unless more money is printed, which is inherntly bad, there is only so much capital in the market place. That’s why a mere .20 per pizza analogy is terrible! It’s not just pizza folks. It’s a market share controlled by the government and less in the people’s hands!

    • Bat One

      This is a great comment, but it rests on two false premises. One, that the liberals in the audience understand what you’re talking about, and Two, that they care. Neither is the case!

    • WOOF

      The nation and the world cannot survive on a finite amount of money.
      Hold the presses and watch the economy shrivel.

      • guest

        Your stupidity knows no boundaries.

      • robert108

        If the money doesn’t represent value created through applying capital to labor and raw materials at a profit, that money simply dilutes the money already in circulation, thus creating inflation. Basic economics.

        • WOOF

          The money printed does represent value.
          Nations can live with inflation, can’t live with deflation (a lack of money). Basic economics.