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Save the Rich: "Papa" John Schnatter Edition
“Papa” John Schnatter, Papa John’s founder and CEO, is back in the headlines once more for his assertion that there’s no way on God’s green Earth he can afford to provide health care for a portion of his employees, as mandated by the Affordable Care Act. Now, Schnatter hasn’t been hurting for cash. As Brian Warner writes:
When Papa John Schnatter hosted a fundraiser for Mitt Romney earlier this year, the Republican candidate began his remarks by saying: “Who would’ve imagined pizza could build this? This is really something. Don’t you love this country? What a home this is, what grounds these are, the pool, the golf course…. This is a real tribute to America, to entrepreneurship.” If your house impresses Mitt Romney, the ultimate one percenter, you know it must be pretty awesome. To start, John Schnatter’s 40,000 square foot castle is located in a wealthy country club suburb of Louisville, Kentucky. The property is spread out over a 16 acre estate and as Romney mentioned, features several swimming pools, a private lake and a golf course.
But who knows what’s going to happen now that the health care mandate could supposedly cost him $0.15 a pizza?! Schnatter claims the costs will be $5-8 million per year — though he had no trouble with giving away two million free pizzas this September that cost the company 24 to 32 million dollars.
Maybe he was counting on Mitt Romney winning.
Papa John Schnatter
1904 Stone Gate Rd. <— (address listed for political fundraisers)
Louisville, KY 40223
Or you can send it to Papa John’s Corporate:
2002 Papa John’s Boulevard
Louisville, KY 40299 or
Papa John’s International, Inc.
P.O. Box 99900
Louisville, KY 40269-9990
My letter [click to zoom]:
As I wrote, I may not be able to afford their overpriced pizza, but I can afford a nickel, a dime, and a stamp. I encourage folks to help save the rich and send Papa John some nickels and dimes to offset this gigantic burden, especially since it’s not financially feasible for him to survive without the extra few million. Apparently.
It’s the least we can do for folks working under such a selfish bastard.
On Birth Control & the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)
I’ve been reading a lot about the ACA and I notice that not everyone is up to date on what’s going down with birth control now that SCOTUS has given their ruling. So here’s a bit of info on what to expect:
- Yes, birth control will be covered under the Affordable Care Act.
The regulations made under the act rely on the Institute of Medicine for recommendations. The IOM says that “birth control is medically necessary to ensure women’s health and well-being.”
- No, churches/houses of worship will be mandated to cover contraceptives. Christian hospitals, charities, universities and other religious enterprises will, however!
- Yes, birth control will come straight from the insurers. So if you are a religious enterprise, it’s out of your hands!
- No, you won’t have to co-pay for birth control. All of women’s preventive pay will be covered, including mammograms, domestic violence screenings and contraception.
Keep in mind that these affect trans* and non-binary folks as well, so this goes well beyond helping women!
What individuals with vaginae/uteri will gain from the Affordable Care Act
Thirty-two million people will gain access to health care insurance coverage including sixteen million people who will gain access through Medicaid. What does this mean for individuals with vaginae/uteri? How will this affect our health and healthcare coverage?
(Excerpts taken from a recent Feminist Majority post)
Subsidies to purchase coverage
- About three-fourths of people who purchase through the insurance exchanges (those with incomes between 133% and 400% of poverty) will receive a federal subsidy to help pay for the coverage.
- By 2014 at the latest, insurers will be banned from “gender rating,” or charging individuals with vaginae/uteri higher premiums for the same coverage, both for individual policies and for employer group plans with fewer than 100 employees. In most states, individuals with vaginae/uteri with individual plans pay on the average some 48% higher premiums for the same health insurance coverage.
No Co-Pays or Deductibles for Preventive Care including Birth Control
- Every new insurance policy is required to include the basic preventive health care package without any co-pays or deductibles. As recommended by the Institutes of Medicine, this includes pap smears, mammograms, birth control, STI/STD testing, checkups, immunizations and other preventive care.
Discrimination Based on Pre-Existing Conditions Eliminated
- Exclusions for pre-existing conditions were immediately eliminated for children in 2010, and will be eliminated in 2014 for adults. This will prevent the exclusion of coverage for individuals with vaginae/uteri who have “pre-existing conditions” such as pregnancy, prior injuries caused by domestic violence, the second or subsequent Caesarian delivery, re-occurrence of breast cancer, etc. A temporary high risk insurance pool program is available to cover eligible adults with pre-existing conditions until 2014.
Bans Insurers from Dropping Coverage Because of Illness
Mandatory Coverage of Maternity Care and Specific Health Services
- Beginning January 1, 2014, individual and small employer plans must cover at a minimum a comprehensive package of “essential health benefits” including, for example, pre-natal and maternity care, prescription drug coverage, mental health care, and pediatric care (including oral and vision care). Currently 87 percent of individual health insurance plans exclude maternity coverage.
Mental Health Parity
Benefits for Older People
- Medicare guaranteed benefits are not reduced.
- Beginning in 2011, Medicare now covers the full cost of preventive care, including cancer screenings, annual physical examinations and immunizations.
- The Medicare prescription drug “Donut Hole” will be gradually eliminated, starting with a $250 payment to beneficiaries in 2010 and a 50% discount on Medicare Part D prescription drug costs. By 2020, payments by beneficiaries will be reduced to 25% of drug costs in the gap.
Ban on Discrimination against Lower Paid Employees
- Employers will not be allowed to provide inferior plans with less coverage to their lower-paid workers, who are more likely to be individuals with vaginae/uteri and people of color.
Addresses National Nursing and Primary Care Physicians Shortage
- The law increases the numbers of nursing education slots, providing loan repayments and retention grants and offering grants for employment and training of family nurse practitioners. It provides scholarships, loan programs and bonus payments to private care physicians and general surgeons. It also expands health accessibility by doubly the capacity of community health centers. New programs will increase support for school-based and nurse-managed health centers.
*Update: I changed the title to reflect how the Affordable Care Act will affect individuals with vaginae/uteri — not just those people who self-identify as women.
Reminder that Obama banned undocumented youth from getting healthcare under ACA.
After the President granted work permits to immigrant youth, he quietly passed an amendment to the Affordable Care Act that prevents all those who benefit from receiving healthcare.
This means that DACAmented (this is what we call ourselves) young people who may be legally working at an engineering firm, Costco, gas station, or a Fortune 500 company— and paying taxes for American healthcare— cannot receive health benefits that coincide with the Affordable Care Act.
“Never before in history has a candidate run for president with the idea that too many people have health insurance coverage.”—David Cutler on Mitt Romney.
“How many times have you heard someone discuss the need to maintain health insurance for themselves or their family as a factor in an important personal, job-change, or life choice? If the health-insurance exchanges that Obamacare promises work at all well, a new era of personal freedom beckons.”—Steve Coll on Obamacare and the future of work: http://nyr.kr/NZDCB0
Happy Anniversary to the Affordable Care Act!!
Here is a master list of some of my favorite PPACA resources, feel free to inform yourself, or help educate someone else who may have inaccurate ideas about the content or the meaning of the healthcare law.
As more and more of the legislation goes into effect, there are going to be more and more myths floating around, so bookmark this for future reference! ;)
This is my absolute favorite reference- if you only bookmark one page make it this one: http://abaldwin360.tumblr.com/post/25504467630/what-exactly-is-obamacare-and-what-does-it-change
(this one has citations to the ACA: http://www.reddit.com/r/explainlikeimfive/comments/vb8vs/eli5_what_exactly_is_obamacare_and_what_did_it/c530lfx)
The “non-partisan” (slightly right-leaning) site ProCon.org’s take is even Obamacare friendly: http://healthcarereform.procon.org/
Kaiser’s Consumer Guide: http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2010/March/22/consumers-guide-health-reform.aspx
How the ACA affects disabled people: http://www.healthcare.gov/news/factsheets/2010/11/affordable-care-act-americans-disabilities.html
Information on a federally sponsored exchange option (NOT A PUBLIC OPTION) http://rollingforwardwithobama.tumblr.com/post/35590678493/a-federally-sponsored-non-profit-health-insurance
Information on the Exchange Marketplace: http://www.healthcare.gov/marketplace/index.html
The HHS website developed specifically to help the public understand the law: http://www.healthcare.gov/index.html
The ENTIRE TEXT of the Healthcare Law! http://www.healthcare.gov/law/full/index.html
Also found here: http://housedocs.house.gov/energycommerce/ppacacon.pdf
The entire text of the Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the ACA: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/11-393c3a2.pdf
and last but not least: