Papa Johns says that giving health insurance that meets PPACA standards to all of its employees would cost an additional 11 to 20 cents per pizza.
Let's look at where the cost of employee health coverage sits in the cost of the average pizza.
An Extra Large Specialty Pizza is $18.99 and feeds about 4-5 Americans, or maybe just 1 of those Tea Party women you see on the electric scooter at Walmart every time you go there.
Papa Johns charges a $2 delivery fee that the driver never sees, so it's really a $20.99 pizza.
Indiana's Republican legislature and Governor impose a 7% sales tax, so add $1.47
Huntington, Indiana's 100% Republican city government imposes a 1.5% take out or delivery "fee". (Republicans sometimes call taxes a fee now.) Add 31 cents.
If you're not a total jerk, you'll tip the driver 15% of the pre-tax total. (Whether the $2 delivery fee that the company steals from the driver is part of the pre-tax total is debatable. Let us assume that it isn't for the tip. The state and city taxed us with the $2 fee included.) There's $2.85
So your $18.99 pizza is really $25.62.
Health insurance for their employees takes us from $25.62 to $25.73 or maybe even $25.82.
Oh god, please, no, stop!
The "Obamacare fee" is 0.044% of the cost of your pizza if we assume 11 cents, or perhaps as much as 0.08% if we assume 20 cents per pizza.
Let's take the middle of the estimate and assume that Obamacare is 0.06% of your pizza, or roughly 15 cents.
That's less than half of Huntington, Indiana's carry out tax, and about 13.5 times smaller than Indiana's sales tax.
You'd have to be pretty stupid to complain about an extra 15 cents on a $25.62 pizza.
If you feel you're being over-taxes and that the money is being wasted, please contact the Indiana Department of Revenue and their Republican bosses. (And then Jenny Craig, if you're one of those Hippo Ladies from Walmart.)