— by Jamie Mondics
Curator of the Nation’s Only Pizza Museum Tells Papa John’s Owner He’d Gladly Pay 20 Cents More Per Pie if it Meant Affordable Health Care for Americans
Philadelphia pizzeria owner takes Papa John’s owner to task on the business of pizza and Obamacare
Last week, John Schnatter, the founder and CEO of Papa John’s Pizza – a Mitt Romney supporter and fundraiser – announced that the Affordable Care Act will raise the cost of his pizza 11 to 14 cents each, or 15 to 20 cents per order.
But local pizza historian Brian Dwyer, creator and spokesperson for Pizza Brain, says “As a pizza consumer, I will gladly pay 20 cents more per pie if that meant that people and their families got health insurance.”
“The whole idea of a pizza shop is that it is a community hub, where strangers can meet each other and share a slice of pizza. Pizza is so inherently communal that to complain about 11 cents a slice is a good indicator that the owner of Papa Johns has lost touch with the heart of what pizza is really about; community.”
When Pizza Brain opens in September 2012, it will display Brian Dwyer’s collection of pizza memorabilia, the Guinness record holder for the biggest such collection in the world. It will also serve pizza.
Brian, a small business owner says he is excited about the prospect of providing his employees health insurance. “We want to provide health insurance for our employees. As small business owners we want to provide our employees with the best possible options. To be able to give back to the people that work for and with us is what Pizza Brain is all about.”
Luckily for Brian and the other owners of Pizza Brain, under the Affordable Care Act small businesses who provide health insurance to their employees qualify for a small business tax credit of up to 35% to offset the cost of insurance.
And beginning in 2014, small businesses with generally fewer than 100 employees can shop in an Affordable Insurance Exchange, which gives them the leveraging power similar to what a large business enjoys when purchasing health insurance.