Badmouthing 'Obamacare' is Bad Business

It looks like badmouthing Obamacare is bad for business, so if you're a business owner and you have the urge to publicly trash-talk the president's policies, you might want to hesitate. Both Papa John's Pizza and Olive Garden are in the news today regarding backlash over their comments against the Affordable Care Act.The owners of Olive Garden and Red Lobster (Darden Restaurants, Inc.) released a statement yesterday acknowledging that it was dealing with negative PR due to comments against the health care policy which led to a drop in stocks. They then promised that they would deal with the health care law in ways that" target="_blank" rel="nofollow - "work for our employers." - Well, that's refreshing to read, considering this restaurant franchise giant was threatening to fire employees over the Affordable Care Act.The same can be" target="_blank" rel="nofollow - said about Papa John's Pizza - , whose owner publicly threatened to fire employees if President Barack Obama was reelected and Obamacare not repealed. He also made threats regarding raising the prices of his mediocre pizza. Now a study from YouGov BrandIndex rates Papa John's - - at the top of business that took a negative hit after making negative comments toward the Affordable Care Act. Of course, it should be noted that Papa John's CEO spoke out again and negated his own statements against the Affordable Care Act and said that he would honor it. So it's unfortunate that his business is suffering from bad PR because he didn't think before speaking. Maybe in time people can overlook that misstep and his business will once again flourish.In the meantime, it's hopeful that other business who spoke negatively against the health care policy will have changes of heart and realize that many of their employees would be better employees if they worked under better conditions--and that includes better health care benefits.Photo:" target="_blank" rel="nofollow - KFRH.Com - Crime analyst, profiler future criminologist Chelsea Hoffman can be found on" target="_blank" rel="nofollow - Huffington Post - or Chelsea Hoffman: Case to Case. You can follow her on Twitter @TheRealChelseaH - wordpress - or contact her" target="_blank" rel="nofollow - via her personal blog. - Fan the" target="_blank" rel="nofollow - Facebook page for updates on missing persons cases - , issues in civil rights and details on Chelsea's fiction works. class="goog-inline-block share-button sb-email"" target="_blank" title="Email This" rel="nofollow - -