Gad, it never stops. The scare stories about how much the evil “Obamacare” will cost, as if we weren’t paying all those costs anyway, and more, in human misery, medical bankruptcy and worsening untreated illnesses.
Ponder this ediorial on our web site (click) someone taking issue with the owner of Papa John’s Pizza, who says that the Affordable Care Act is going to raise the cost of a pizza. How much? The Papa John guy figures 20 cents or so per order, or 11 cents per pizza.
“Be afraid!” he is implying. “Your food is going to cost more because of the evil Obama!!!”
Did he just say 20 cents? Holy cow, break the bank!
Just for a little comparison, 20 cents is less than half the price of mailing a letter, the price of enough gasoline to drive a 24 mpg car 1.4 miles (at $3.40 a gallon), one sixth of the price of a cup of coffee (at $1.20 a cup, tip extra), and so on and so forth.
It’s not about the 20 cents of course. It’s another blow in the continuing war of fast food owners against Obama, or immorality, or something. Fast food is the new battle ground for ideological purity, such as that idiocy over chicken sandwiches last week.
The guy who founded this pizza company apparently doesn’t like Obama, so he doesn’t like the Affordable Care Act, and so we have to know precisely how much more it will cost us to eat his alleged food because of the ACA.
Not that it matters, but I’ve never had this guys pizza. Is it any good? No clue. Feel free to comment.
The ACA, of course, will cost him money because it will require him to help provide medical care for his employees.
So what he’s really doing is defending his right to let his employees go without insurance, which is a right he enforces by not paying them enough to buy their own medical insurance as well. Like many companies, he’d rather theyput off small medical issues, get sick and seek medical expensive care in emergency rooms where, by law, they have to be seen and helped and the bills passed on to the rest of us through the standard cost-shifting tactics that all hospitals use.
Which is incredibly inefficient, as well as cruel, but which is also why your and my medical premiums keep going up. But the guy who runs Papa John’s can say he’s defending freedom, or capitalism, or something, and keeping his food cheap.
My own thinking is that if I avoid pizzas which tend to be high calorie, low fiber conglomerations of fat and carbs my own health will stay good so I won’t need medical care, and THAT will help keep medical costs down, clealy something this yahoo isn’t interested in.