Seeing ACA Costs, Papa John’s Franchisee Puts Brakes on Expansion Plans

A day after Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter said that his company would be forced to raise the price of pizza to offset increased costs from the Affordable Care Act, Papa John’s multi-unit franchisee Judy Nichols appeared on the FOX News morning show “FOX & Friends” to share her experience with planning for the ACA and its impact on her business.  Nichols told host Steve Doocy that, with many provisions of the ACA taking effect in 2014, she is shelving plans to open a new Papa John’s location and create additional jobs:

Nichols’ plans echo a Hudson Institute study saying that the ACA puts 3.2 million franchise jobs at risk.  Not only does the law encourage employers to lay off workers or reduce full-time positions to part-time ones, it provides a disincentive for franchisees to open new locations.  Although employers are still waiting to receive final regulatory guidance from the Administration, many employers are beginning to calculate the law’s cost to their business and planning for other fast-approaching employer requirements.

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