CEO of Papa John’s Pizza John Schnatter

Anti-Obamacare Rants Hurting Restaurant Brands

Papa John's, Denny's among the businesses affected

by Team Ebony, December 4, 2012

CEO of Papa John’s Pizza John Schnatter

CEO of Papa John’s Pizza John Schnatter

We've seen a number of intemperate anti-Obamacare rants from people in the restaurant industry, and there's at least a little evidence from the YouGuv Brand Index survey that some of the more high-profile opponents are suffering for it.

This is why, conventionally, business leaders exercise their political clout through behind-the-scenes activity or cloaked in the guise of trade associations. People aren't going to stop eating out if the National Restaurant Association gets involved in a high-profile political controversy, but Papa John's hurts itself by becoming the face of opposition to a signature Obama administration initiative.

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