2012 Presidential Race Politics

Taco Bell’s Political Pressure?

October 30, 2012

Apparently, an area Taco Bell outlet may be weighing in on the current presidential election. An anonymous caller relayed an insertion she said employees of the Warrington Taco Bell recently received in their paychecks.

The insertion, she said, stated that the Affordable Care Act would cost the business $2,000 per 30-plus hour employee. It informed the employees that the new health care law could impact their jobs, possibly leading to reduced hours.

A general manager at the Warrington Taco Bell said she could not speak with the media, and provided a phone number to the franchise’s corporate headquarter. Attempts are still being made to reach someone at the headquarters.

The Warrington Taco Bell is owned by Southeast QSR, LLC., a company based in Georgia. The company also owns four other Taco Bell locations in the Pensacola area.

The local insertion apparently directed employees to the website www.restaurants-votes.com. The site deals with industry-specific policies, providing a position on policies which pertain to the food-service industry.

Prior to 2010, it was illegal for companies to engage employees in such a political context. Two years ago the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision overturned such laws.

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  • Moose October 31, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    EPenn, that’s their right to not offer group health insurance. More so, to not get berated for that choice. Nobody is forcing them to eat or work at their businesses. And, you do know that corporations don’t absorb taxes, right? You can forget about them absorbing the $2,000/employee cost from their billions in earnings. That’s not going to happen.

  • EPenn October 31, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Moose, Taco Bell could cry me a river… they need to show a bit of corporate responsiblity instead of not insuring their people and dumping those medical bills on the rest of us… You know as well as I those employees have no chance of affording an individual policy on 30hrs a week at minimum or near minimum wage… Therefore we pay as it is now because Taco Bell doesn’t want to… boo hoo…

    Yum Brands (YUM), the parent of Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC chains, should offer insight into consumer demand in China, the world’s second-largest economy, with the company’s third-quarter earnings report Tuesday.

    Of course on the earnings front:

    “The restaurant giant is expected to show a 17% hike in earnings, to 97 cents per share. Revenue is seen climbing 11.3% to $3.64 billion. But the explosive growth in China that drove earnings in previous years has been slowing in recent quarters, as the world’s No. 2 economy slows.”

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  • Moose October 31, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    That should read “pay or play”

  • Moose October 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Ames, here’s the link to the final draft of PPACA in 2010: http://housedocs.house.gov/energycommerce/ppacacon.pdf. The original language is on Pg 155 in Sec 1513. The ruling that was passed down from HHS regarding the “assessable payment” also known as the “pay or plan mandate” due by a large employer if they do not currently offer a group health plan to their employees is found here: http://uscode.house.gov/download/pls/26C43.txt.

    Ames, Taco Bell doesn’t exist to provide health insurance to its employees or the community. Rather, most would argue to the contrary.

  • Ames October 31, 2012 at 8:04 am

    My last comment was chopped when I added the comment about Frontline and couldn’t scroll to the end of what I had already posted. So…
    Moose posted in quotes- “Penalties of up to $2000 per year for each full time employee for employers who decline to offer coverage.”

    So, TB is complaining that they are going to be fined for not offering coverage to employees working over 30 hours, they are not complaining that insurance under the ACA will cost them an additional $2000. TB has made thus choice apparently. Of course Romney has stated that he will repeal the ACA on day on if he is elected and TB will be free to get back to their position of not giving a hoot about their employees or the communities in which they do business.

  • EPenn October 31, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Welcome to the United States of America, We the Corporation…

  • Ames October 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Moose posted:
    ““Penalties of up to $2,000 per year, for each full-time employee for employers who decline to offer coverage. Penalties kick in if at least one employee receives subsidized coverage through the premium tax credit on the state exchanges. Employers can exclude the first 30 full-time employees in calculating their penalties.””

    That doesn’t even read like legislative language, would you please post the link to that which I referenced at the beginning of this comment?

    The topic of Frontline’s program tonight at 8:30 is Citizens United.
    …For each full time employee for each employers who decline to offer coverage…
    So is TacoBell announcing that they don’t intend to offer the benefit to their employees that work over 30 hours a week?

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