Will Domino’s Pizza be the next Papa John’s?

CORRECTION: An earlier version of the story cited a report from the Huffington Post claiming that Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter had said he would cut back on his employees’ hours in order to pay for Obamacare.  Schnatter clarified in an op ed posted at the Huffington Post that he was speaking theoretically about what he thought Papa John’s’ franchises would do, not what he would do with the parent corporation.  We regret repeating the Huffington Post’s error.

Papa John’s move on down, next up in the culture wars for the umpteenth time, the former owner of Domino’s Pizza, Tom Monaghan.

As you recall, the Papa John’s CEO who lives in a mansion with his own golf course and moat surrounding the house started to publicly complain about the high cost of Obamacare for his parent company and franchises.

At the same time, GOP extremists from other food chains joined the chorus of rich guys whining about spending money on their own employees’ health and welfare. If the masses want health care, they might also want a livable wage. Oh the horror!

Surely the public would understand the challenges of financing a moat during a recession?

Wrong. Papa John’s, Denny’s and Applebees have all watched their brand go down since their big-mouth executives started talking.

Next up is Domino’s Pizza founder, Tom Monaghan.

Though he no longer owns the company – he sold it a while back to none other than Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital, according to report you can thank Mr. Romney and Bain for Domino’s Pizza’s lousy taste (Bain has also cashed out and move on) –  that hasn’t stopped Monaghan from shooting off his mouth about health care. Monaghan, like the Catholic church, is now fighting in court to block Obamacare’s provisions about offering women abortion and contraception coverage.  Interestingly, Domino’s is not a party to the suit.

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Christian Science Monitor:

[Monaghan] filed a lawsuit Friday in federal court. It also lists as a plaintiff Domino’s Farms, a Michigan office park complex that Monaghan owns.

Monaghan offers health insurance that excludes contraception and abortion for employees. The new federal law requires employers to offer insurance including contraception coverage or risk fines.

Monaghan says the law violates his rights, and is asking a judge to strike down the mandate. There are similar lawsuits pending nationwide.

You know, first Monaghan, then Romney and Bain Capital — there’s just too much bad history at Domino’s Pizza for any progressive to be spending their well-earned money at that place. I think Domino’s Pizza needs to become a party to this lawsuit – for the good guys – to clear its lousy name, and bad past, once and for all.

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