Papa John's franchise owner says Obamacare may force job cuts

Marilyn Tennissen Jul. 30, 2012, 4:39am


BEAUMONT - Papa John's pizza restaurant owner Judy Nichols' plan to expand her business in Southeast Texas with a fourth location is on hold because of uncertainty over the impact "Obamacare" will have on her operations.

"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.

Nichols had already purchased property and had blueprints drawn to begin building, but is shelving plans for now saying she has no idea how to budget for the federal mandate.

Small business owners like Nichols have been studying their options since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that one of the plan's most controversial elements – the individual mandate -- was constitutional.

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