I love me some Applebee’s. It’s one of my favorite chain restaurants and I try to go as often as possible. Of course, on our budget, that’s about twice a year but you get the idea.
But that’s done for now. Why? This:
Zane Tankel, the CEO of Applebee’s New York Franchise, Apple-Metro, is so dedicated to not spending money on his employees that he’s refusing to hire anyone new. Why? Because he might have to provide them health care.
Under the Affordable Care Act, a business of 50 people or more must provide a health care option for its employees by 2014. The 40 Applebee’s restaurants in New York employ hundreds of people, and Tankel believes providing them with health insurance plans will be too costly. In an appearance on Fox Business News, the CEO said he won’t be able to hire new people because of the law, and even floated the idea of layoffs.
So, it’s so important that your employees that make you millions of dollars a year not get health insurance that you will distort your business and make an ass of yourself in public? What kind of business person can’t figure out that healthy employees are more productive? What kind of CEO can’t figure out that health insurance will make employees more loyal and, thus, harder working? I’m sure Tankel considers himself a good, upstanding, moral Christian/Jew/Scientologist (I don’t really know but the odds suggest he is not an atheist) but his overriding concern is money and the health of his employees is secondary (or tertiary or maybe somewhere in the top 100 things. Or the bottom 100). Frankly, I don’t need to patronize the business of someone with so little concern for the people and communities that make his business possible.
Someday, when Tankel is forced to give his employees health care and he finally figures out that not only did it not destroy his profit margin but actually benefited the entire economy and made him even more money, I might consider going back.