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Matt Yglesias on the fallout for restaurants like Papa John’s who have complained about Obamacare:
We’ve seen a number of intemperate anti-Obamacare rants from people in the restaurant industry, and there’s at least a little evidence from the YouGuv Brand Index survey that some of the more high-profile opponents are suffering for it.
This is why, conventionally, business leaders exercise their political clout through behind-the-scenes activity or cloaked in the guise of trade associations. People aren’t going to stop eating out if the National Restaurant Association gets involved in a high-profile political controversy, but Papa John’s hurts itself by becoming the face of opposition to a signature Obama administration initiative.
So basically these companies will not only being hurt by Obamacare but they’re also being hurt by the perception that they’re greedy and complaining too much about Obamacare. They should just shut up and that way they’ll only be screwed one way from Sunday instead of two.
Yglesias is a progressive liberal. He should understand that a few leading lights take the heat for “radical” stances so that the tide will rise for the entire group. It’s called “raising awareness”.
Update: there is no “n” in “restaurateur”. I’ve been living a lie.