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Obamacare a Threat to White Castle and IHOP. This Time, It’s Personal

July 9, 2010

Originally published at NewsReal:

Oh, that’s right. Obamacare, filled with stealth Nanny State penalties and taxes aimed at further controlling your life, is now threatening the yummy eats found at White Castle and IHOP, among others.

The Columbus-based family owned restaurant chain – known for serving small square hamburgers called “sliders” – says a single provision in the bill will eat up roughly 55 percent of its yearly net income after 2014.

Starting that year, the bill levies a $3,000-per-employee penalty on companies whose workers pay more than 9.5 percent of household income in premiums for company-provided insurance.

White Castle, which currently provides insurance to all of its full-time workers and picks up 70 to 89 percent of their premium costs, believes it will likely end up paying those penalties. The financial hit will make it hard for the company to maintain its 421 restaurants, let alone create new jobs, says company spokesman Jamie Richardson. White Castle employs more than 10,000 people nationwide, and more than 1,200 in Ohio.

This is just another “in” for some controlling bureaucrat-y sour pusses who are wanting to get all up in our stuff. Pry my sliders out of my cold, dead hands! I suggest a new slogan: “No Grease, No Peace!” Someone has to speak up for our delicious eateries. In fact, it would be Un-American to do otherwise. You know this isn’t one of those ‘unintended consequences’, only discovered once we were finally allowed to find out what was in the bill – that had to be passed first. It is clearly an intended consequence.The ‘laser-like focus’ on jobs has proven to be a laser-like focus on killing all jobs in industries that the Obama administration deems icky and evil. Including the restaurant industry, particularly the fast food segment of the same. Remember, Michelle Obama has her war on childhood obesity and says that fat kids are a national security threat. I don’t think she’s really being fair there. While her husband is childishly naive and immature, he isn’t fat by any means.

Every time I feed my 7 year old daughter chicken nuggets, I now wonder if I should turn her in as a dangerous threat to this nation. To the Obama administration, donuts equal terrorism and fast food restaurants are, therefore, equivalent to jihadist training camps. And we common rubes obviously fall prey to their nefarious schemes without the aid of Big Daddy Government jumping in to save us. So we lose our jobs? Big whoop! At least we’ll be thin when we do so!

And that is what it’s all about; Big Daddy Government. Besides the new penalties put in place, there are also menu mandates that place a financial burden on many companies. Mary Katherine Hamm points it out over at The Weekly Standard:

Adding new menu boards, drive-through menus, a menus is an expensive prospect, especially when even advocates of menu labeling can point to no evidence that it actually works.White Castle has been offering health care to its employees since 1924. It pays 70-90 percent of health-care costs for those employees. The company cannot be considered one of the health-care system’s bad actors, even by the most ludicrous lefty’s standards. But when good behavior is punished, you will not get more of it. Now, the company says it will consider dropping employee-based coverage and putting employees in federal exchanges— a scenario which, before Obamacare passed, was considered a paranoid right-wing talking point.

Sigh. Democrats, stop destroying our livelihoods and leave our penchant for excess alone. It is a personal decision, a lifestyle choice, or perhaps even a deathstyle choice. (I’m talking to you, Death Panels. I’d rather have deep-fried bacon-wrapped macaroni and cheese than a little blue pill) We like, you know, being employed. And we also like our greasy, salty food. Yet, we still remain some of the richest and most productive of people – weird, huh? Funny how freedom, and that free market thing, works.

Give me liberty or give me death! Or, give me liberty and death. My stomach, my choice!


(cross-posted from David Horowitz’s NewsReal)

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. July 9, 2010 12:57 pm

    She must have whacked him upside the head for taking the russian czar to a hamburger joint. Hasn’t he been listening? Why is she growing all this arugala and stuff.
    We love your commentary.

  2. macleod permalink
    July 9, 2010 4:40 pm

    Are Jack in the Box tacos in danger? I still have a bunch left over from Y2K. Whew!

  3. Molten permalink
    July 9, 2010 7:13 pm

    Lori says:

    “It is a personal decision, a lifestyle choice, or perhaps even a deathstyle choice.”

    I must say, it’s refreshing to hear a staunchly anti-choice woman such as yourself defending the freedom of choice even when it may result in the death of a human being.

    The 4 piece Chicken McNugget you allow your 7 year old child to eat contains:

    190 calories, 12 grams of fat, and 2 grams of saturated fat. They contain significantly more corn products than they do chicken. They also contain the chemical preservative tBHQ, tertiary butylhydroquinone, a petroleum-based product. They also contain dimethylpolysiloxane, “an anti-foaming agent” also used in cosmetics and Silly Putty. dimethylpolysiloxene is a suspected carcinogen and an established mutagen, tumorigen, and reproductive effector, it’s also flammable.

    The “Golden Arches” or the “Pearly Gates”??…Only time will tell.

    Hey, you’re the “Mama Grizzly,” Lori…You make the choice as to what your 7 year old daughter eats right now, I support your freedom of choice 100%…I wouldn’t serve a small person that crap, but that’s just me. I’d tell a small person what I knew about McNuggets, and teach them that unprocessed foods are best for their health and longevity. If you teach children good eating habits early, they’ll live longer and heathier lives, that’s pretty simple logic, and sound parenting.

    Then you go on to say:

    “Give me liberty or give me death! Or, give me liberty and death. My stomach, my choice!”

    Not just your choice, Lori. You’re choosing for another human being also. You wouldn’t smoke or drink alcohol if you were pregnant (I hope)…so you shouldn’t impose your bad eating habits on your 7 year old daughter without her knowing the truth about fast foods.

    When I read your stuff, I can’t help but equate the way you think about “big daddy government” and the way a radical feminist thinks about the “patriarchy”…How big goverment (or men in the case of the radical feminist) step all over your freedoms and hold you back from achieving the American Dream. Victim mentality indeed!

    In the fat American future, not only will be have gay people out in the open in the military, but they’ll have to change the rules regarding obese soldiers also.

    Kinda gives new meaning to the slogan “Be all that you can be” doesn’t it?

    Finally, your first quote says that White Castle “believes it will likely end up paying those penalties.”

    “Believing it likely” doesn’t make it so, Lori. I don’t spend close to 9.5 percent of my household income in premiums for company-provided insurance, and my employer only covers 60% of my insurance costs. White castle has 10,000 employees…That’s bargaining power, and neither you or White Castle knows what they’ll be paying “after 2014.” If White Castle cancels employer sponsored insurance before they are actually hit with these fines, then you can be sure that White castle is doing it for the cash, and “believing it likely” is just a convenient way of screwing their own employees.

    • Lori Ziganto permalink*
      July 9, 2010 8:46 pm

      Dude, you are equating eating chicken nuggets once in a while with being murdered via abortion?

      You grew tiresome several weeks ago. Now, you are just asinine.

    • July 10, 2010 5:18 pm

      Blah, blah, blah. Lord deliver me from the food gestapo.

  4. Molten permalink
    July 9, 2010 9:14 pm

    No, you were equating the two. I was just pointing it out.

    “My stomach, my choice!”


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