A Texas pizza restaurant owner has shelved her plans to open a new location because she does not yet know how Obamacare will impact her business.
“I want to grow and hire more people, but Obamacare is making me think about cutting jobs instead,” Judy Nichols, a Papa John’s pizza restaurant owner said.
“I want to open a new restaurant, but without knowing how Obamacare will affect me, I can’t make plans,” Nichols said at a recent community forum in Beaumont on the new Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act.
With property purchased and blueprints drawn, Nichols said her building is now on hold because she can’t determine how to budget for Obama’s mandate.
When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the individual mandate was a tax that would require individuals to purchase medical insurance or pay a penalty, companies across the nation that employ 50 or more people will be penalized.
Those who do not offer health insurance will have to pay a tax of $2,000 per employee.
Nichols has 85 Beaumont area employees set up on a private carrier insurance plan and matches the $90 a month each worker pays with $90 to cover the entire premium.”
That’s the cost if I continue to provide insurance. So I have two options, I can stop offering coverage and pay the $2,000 fine, or I could keep my number of staff under 50 so the mandate doesn’t apply.
Nichols says she wants to grow “and hire more people, but Obamacare is making me think about cutting jobs instead.”
She has been in the restaurant business for over 30 years “producing jobs for young adults.”
“Tens of thousands of kids have been sent to college, families have been started and careers have begun,” Nichols added. “Now, a long and productive career is about to be destroyed by slavery instead of being rewarded with retirement.”
Nicholas said in 2011 she had to pay 87.49 percent of her income to federal income, state franchise tax, and property tax.
“Now add to that sales tax, phone tax, trash tax, water tax, gasoline tax, payroll tax and other taxes ad naseum,” she continued.
Nicholas says that as Obama is currently written she would pay a minimum $20,000 to $30,000 in additional taxes annually.
Nichols said that if she cuts about 15 jobs she would not have to worry about the penalty. By not opening the new restaurant that is over 80 young adults gainfully employed and producing economic activity” killed by Obamacare.
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