ThinkProgress: Omaha Wendy’s will ‘learn the hard way’ if it tangles with Obamacare

Twitchy has extensively documented the effects that Obamacare is having on businesses big and small. Business owners have been forced to consider, and sometimes implement, layoffs and cuts in employee work hours in order to cope with rising health care costs.

It seems that an Omaha, Neb., Wendy’s franchise is facing similar cuts to workers’ hours, and ThinkProgress is none too pleased. In fact, the progressive blog suggests that the restaurant will “learn the hard way what happens when restaurants tangle with Obamacare.”

Liberals are totally on board with ThinkProgress:

But wait a minute … where’s that new tone we’ve been hearing so much about? ThinkProgress’ tweet sounds rather like a veiled threat, no?

Freedom? Please. Not if you dare ‘tangle’ with The One.



The bleeding continues: Okla. Taco Bell slashes worker hours due to Obamacare

  • Mr. Grammar/SpellCkr

    Will there be a “Support Wendy’s Day” like there was for Chick-fil-A? If there is, count me in!

    • wwbdinct

      We had dinner there the other night. Best Southwest burger ever! I’m all for supporting Wendy’s. Just give me a date!

      • Lord Foggybottom

        Get yer own date pal. What kinda site do you think this is?

        • detroit19

          Lol :)

      • ProgTrog

        I’m in.

    • mdtljt

      What a wonderful excuse to get a Spicy Chicken Sandwich combo for dinner…what is the rallying day??? Hell, I’ll go every day this week!!!!

    • detroit19

      Love Wendy’s ♥

    • Dick Beninya

      Grabbing a frosty now. F these thugs

  • Surfingmurph

    If it pisses off some liberal moron, I’m all in. Think I’ll take the family out to dinner at Wendys tonight.

    • FishFearMe

      I just purchased a much needed car. To Wendy’s to celebrate!

      • mike swann

        mexicas get free h care, seniors have hard time paying 4 theirs

  • ChampionCapua


    • Lisa Dean

      As a redheaded woman I can take it. #WarOnRedheadedWomen #Don’tPissOffARedhead

      • TocksNedlog

        When it comes to redheads, I say “Make love, not war!”

        • Lisa Dean

          It’s a lot easier that’s for sure. :-)

  • ChampionCapua


  • FishFearMe

    “Profit over prosperity!” OK, Einstein, how does a business (& employees) prosper WITHOUT profit? Dumbass.

    • Pedro Sykes

      The Progressives believe that prosperity comes from government or the end of a gun. As long as it is a Politically Correct and government gun.

    • sally1137

      I was SMH on that one, too. What, money doesn’t just poop out of the sky?

      • joanc

        Haven’t you heard money and cell phones are from “Obama’s stash”? How do you think he got so many votes?

    • PennyRobinsonFanClub

      I know, isn’t that one of the stupider things to come flying out of the Left? (I know, there’s a LOT of material to choose from!)

    • mike swann

      sounds like a pelosi or biden remark

  • Lord Foggybottom

    I say we dress up a girl in red pigtails and get the Chick-fil-A cow and put ’em outside the Think Progress office for a few days. Give ’em bullhorns too. Let’s call it “Piss of a Liberal Day” and make it a monthly event.

    • syvyn11

      Heck, everyday is “Piss off a liberal day”. Just look how angry they are.

      • Canadian in USA

        Isn’t that every day?

        • RblDiver

          All those ending in y :)

      • TocksNedlog

        No need for any of us to expend any energy.
        Liberals are self-pissing.

    • GaryTheBrave

      Where are Think Regress offices?

      • Lord Foggybottom

        Obama’s colon, along with all the other liberals.

        • mdtljt

          Lord F, you and Gary make my day with your posts!! Thanks so much and keep ’em comin’!! You make me proud to join the Piss Off A Liberal Crowd!!! Happy New Year!!!

          • $36544368

            Hashtag, anyone? :-) #pissoffaliberal

    • peteee363

      remember to purchase all of the craft supplies for your wonderful display at hobby lobby!

      • mdtljt

        ….add a couple of Domino’s drivers and we’re all set!!!

        • $36544368

          I’ll supply the Wendy’s baked potatoes! Yum!

    • GaryTheBrave

      Don’t forget Papa John’s, Red Lobster, and Olive Garden as well.

      • Lord Foggybottom

        Two Guidos and a lobster. Got it!

        • sally1137

          Hey, that’s racist! Oh, wait. They’re not liberals. Never mind.

          • Lord Foggybottom

            What?! Now I can’t call a lobster a lobster? What are the PC police making us call it now, a calorically-challenged prawn? Damn….

    • Joseph Phillips

      Liberals get offended everyday by everything. Hard to find just one day to piss them off when they all seem to blur together.

      • FishFearMe

        True that. But when we conservatives do something like a buycott more Lib heads splode on any given day. Gotta love it. Baconator!

        • marine72

          Tsk, tsk; boycott you say. The blibs will only accuse us of more demagoguery when my problem is that I am allergic to all things libtard; violent case of the heaves. Who is matt da’moon anyway?

          Must go to take a sickly al gore in my low flow KA toilet.

  • V for Vendetta

    Time to send out the word to Patronize Wendy’s! Obama’s Wreckless, 13,000 pages of expensive legislation has his more companies. 2013 people will realize!

  • Fire and Adjust!

    Elections have consequences……………..and so do stupid health care laws……………

    Welcome to Obamanation liberals…………less paid hours as a DIRECT result of Obamacare, compounded on less take home pay as a DIRECT result of increased payroll taxes………..

    You libs voted for it so stop your whining…………… or do you want to be absolved of taking responsibility for your vote like you want to be absolved of taking responsibility for your life choices?

    • americanlatina11

      but now there will be more jobs!!! hoooray!!! (yes, more people at part-time versus full-time…) obama for president forever…ugh

  • peteee363

    wendy’s sounds good for lunch tomorrow!

  • Mia0209

    Get your stock in Wendy’s now!

  • RevDrEBuzz

    And we see the green shoots of the new national socialism…

  • Brian Cates

    Actually it’s the Liberals who are going to spend the next 4 years learning things the hard way. It’s already started.

    Watching them scream and rage at the backward, negative results of their own stupid policies is our consolation prize from the 2012 election. We get to laugh at them a lot in the midst of the general misery.

    • mickeyco

      Yeah. Ain’t it grand??

    • Hoosier

      But the businesses “owe” the employees… :-/

    • Becci Springer

      Thank you very well said.

  • Chris A

    Seriously? Profit above prosperity? There is NO prosperity without profit as the business will close down. Sure, boycott Wendys. Go ahead you idiots. Who do you think works there? The 1%? Business is not charity. Every business will slash hours to avoid Obamacare. That is why we have so few people working now. That is why there are less people working than the day Obama took office. But it is worse, the jobs we have added (I should say the very few) are mostly part-time. Why? Because of idiocy like Obamacare. Have you ever had a non-gov’t job in your life? Obviously non of you liberals have ever owned a business. Your stupidity is showing.

  • americanlatina11

    Sounds like we need to start a Frosty Friday For Freedom!…mmm…frossssty…

    (like I need an excuse to get me that cup of delish)

  • DANEgerus

    Unions get waivers, why not Wendys?

    • mike swann

      employers should bring his up to the pukes

    • mike swann

      muslims got waivers, they consider ins gambling,barry’s pals

      • mike swann

        did anyone no what cooper a had done to him ny nite when te ball came down? bj,u guessed it

        • mike swann

          letterman though cooper a was cool for this filth

  • Gallatin

    If this boycott thing keeps up all the restaurants will be “libturd free zones”.

    • mdtljt

      WOO HOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! To steal the McDonald’s tagline….Lovin’ It!!!!

  • MoxieLouise

    Never make a redhead angry.

  • Moue La Moue (D)

    I suddenly have a hankering for a frosty, and burger. Mmmm … or spicy chicken sandwich.

  • stuckinIL4now

    Looks like a customer bonanza for Wendy’s coming soon.

  • FreedomFighter

    January 20th lets all go to Wendys

    • mdtljt

      Sounds good to me….rally ’round the Wendy’s flag for breakfast before Church, and after Church for lunch and dinner!!! Has anyone let Gov. Huckabee in on this?? He can rally crowds like a madman!!!

    • mike swann

      i will go along with my nra pals

  • Jacob Schmidt

    Does anyone know WHICH Wendy’s this is? I need dinner tonight and we have more than one in Omaha

  • FIRE THEM ALL- 2014

    Wow Taco Bell, Papa Johns, Wendy’s, and I am betting all department stores will cut hours under 28 in order to avoid the mandate. Good work liberals, you just cut your ability to earn down by 10 hours or more.

  • Kate

    “Profits over Prosperity?” News flash- NO ONE is prosperous if there is no profitability! Would these loons prefer the franchise to cut employees rather than hours?

    • sally1137

      Oh c’mon. You know money just poops out of the sky for evil businesses. I heard it in my womens’ studies class. /sarc.

  • Daisy76

    I don’t eat at Wendy’s but I will now! Anything to drive the libtards nuts!

  • bananafanafo

    WHAT R they complaining about? MICHELE OBAMA TOLD THEM THEIR NOT ALLOWED TO EAT THEIR along time ago! WTF

    • bananafanafo

      Now I know why Michele called them KNUCKLEHEADS

  • bananafanafo

    Did anyone notice NONE of them talked about “their hours getting cut” They don’t even work at these places, yet want to make the workers suffer MORE! TYPICAL PROGRESSIVE which means to move to COMMUNISM without a revolution! Move on Down

  • Joseph Phillips

    You’ll do what we say and like it! How dare you try to run a business AND make a profit.

    • mike swann

      o gave senate a raise i know cost of living has gone up even on limosine libs

  • TheOriginalDonald

    I think I have ANOTHER reason to have a Son Of Baconator meal tomorrow.

  • Kevin

    I love the one extolling the health benefits of a boycott. “Cause my own health isn’t reason enough to not eat fast food slop, but government healthcare is”

  • Ken Alan Draper

    liberals never learn, Wendy’s must be praying for a liberal boycott after what it did for Chik-fil-a , Hobby Lobby, & gun sales.

  • Steve_J

    Those are some stupid people.

  • BigTBoom

    By Thomas Jefferson’s standards, ThinkProgress is seeking tyranny!

  • BeeKaaay

    To ThinkProgress, progress means going back to 1917 Russia, Komrade.

  • detroit19

    Don’t quite understand why anyone is ‘disappointed’ that Wendy’s, Papa John’s, etc. are cutting employee hours so they don’t have to pay for healthcare. What part of increased employee costs do they not understand? Oh, wait, probably the employee part :(

  • JCRocks

    Liberalism: sucks so much they have to try to make their sh*t mandatory…or threaten via angry mob mentality if you don’t conform. Now, if this Obamacare mess is so great, then these O-voters should be willing to pay higher taxes themselves to be all patriotic and what not

  • lainer51

    If you play your cards right, maybe S. Flake can petition to have your Wendy burger paid for by the taxpayers; will that change your mind? Oh please say yes…. we NEED you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LMAO!

  • IfYouHaveToAsk

    Didn’t McDonald’s get a waiver?

  • IfYouHaveToAsk

    They need to boycott all of the businesses that received waivers. That will yeah them :-p

  • IfYouHaveToAsk

    Where’s the grammar checker? Teach!!!

  • marcellucci

    ThinkProgress should be sued…..
    Thinking is a registered trademark of Conservatives…..

  • Lady 12

    “Profit over prosperity”? I fail to see how the two are mutually exclusive.

  • SideshowJon36

    So, are businesses just supposed to go out of business in order to pay for Obamacare costs? Or are customers supposed to pay $25 for a Spicy Chicken Sandwich?

    Do Democrats even consider WHY things are the way they are?

    • beebop1952

      As long as their EBT is accepted ….

    • TomJB

      That won’t happen! They are owned by rich people!


  • Sincerely —

    Math . . . they should try some.

  • TocksNedlog

    I for one want to thank the liberals for informing us of where we can go in public without fear of running into one of them.

    • $36544368


  • John Kerry’s Forehead

    I don’t even like Wendy’s but I think I will have lunch there tomorrow. Anything opposite of the libtards.

  • redrick

    looks liek i’m going to wendies for lunch tomorrow

  • NRPax

    This Wendy’s is about to learn the hard way what happens when restaurants tangle with Obamacare

    Seriously, kids? What exactly do you think you can do that is so harmful to the business? And let’s say you manage to get them shut down. Will you be providing jobs for the people that are now out of work?

    *sigh* Cause, have you seen Effect around anywhere? I need you guys on the lecture circuit as soon as possible.

  • TomJB

    “Wendy’s is about to learn the hard way what happens when restaurants tangle with Obamacare”

    ThinkProgress… what an oxymoron! By cutting most of the staff to part-time, Wendy’s is explicitly *not* tangling with Obamacare!

    • PennyRobinsonFanClub

      Leftards — the original “Internet Tough Guys”!

  • TomJB

    “Wendy’s is about to learn the hard way what happens when restaurants tangle with Obamacare”

    ThinkProgress… what an oxymoron! By cutting most of the staff to part-time, Wendy’s is explicitly *not* tangling with Obamacare!

  • dmacleo

    without profit there is no prosperity.

  • dmacleo

    without profit there is no prosperity.

  • PennyRobinsonFanClub

    “About to learn the hard way..” Ooh! They are gonna get the NASTIEST letter to the editor in the paper!

  • Karl Winrich

    Stupid liberals think that boycotts will solve the issues. If they only could see past their nose they would realize that boycotting a business will cause the business to close (if the boycott is successful) which will result in….wait for it….even more lost jobs!

  • Everybodys All American

    Obamacare is a joke and it reflects it’s authors very limited knowledge of business.

  • PennyRobinsonFanClub

    O yeah, get this from one of those Smart People (TM): “I’m boycotting Wendy’s burger restaurants in lieu of their trying to undermine Obamacare.”

    • TomJB

      Heh, like they eat at Wendy’s all the time… no boycott by the elitist left will be effective unless the target is Nobu, Mesa Grill (is that still trendy?), or Zabars

  • Allan Guy

    You voted for Obama? How’s that hopey changey think working out for you?

  • Jim Denney

    I dunno … a mob mugging a single hot dog vendor is one thing, but taking down an entire fast food joint? This may require a coordinated effort by the UAW, SEIU, AND the IBEW.

  • BeyondPolls

    TP is incorrigible. They get an E for Effort.

    BTW: (unrelated) They have already begun changing the language on gun control as a I predicted. They now call it ‘gun safety’ or ‘gun safety laws’.

    • TomJB

      “gun safety” is easy! Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot. I doubt thats what they mean, though because its a few thousand pages short of what is required to hide the utopian goodies!

      • BeyondPolls

        It doesn’t matter whether or not it actually defines the law. It’s like ‘being pro-choice’ has nothing to do with abortion. All it has to do is sound good enough to condition the masses with positive language tied to dangerous legislation.

  • John

    I am SHOCKED at their focus on these restaurants. I figured they’d be more upset at the fact that the CLASS part of Obamacare got repealed in the fiscal cliff deal – and since it was the Senate bill that got passed, that’s on the Dem Senators. And I figured these tweeters would be all over the several Dem Senators — especially C. Schumer and the clown from Minnesota – -for trying the past few weeks to gin up enough support to repeal the 2% tax on medical devices. Perhaps they can become as violent as they were with Dem Sen. Lieberman’s wife, when Joe decided “no” on the single payer/govt insurance co.

  • Doug

    When it starts costing businesses, then they have to cut cost or raise their prices or both. Companies have to make money in order to re-invest some of that money back into the business. Part of re-investing is hiring more workers, giving raises and other benefits if possible. At the same time, they’re competing with other businesses and offering quality products that are also affordable. Obamacare is an added expense so what options are there. Lay-off some of your workers. Cut the hours so that you can have the money pay it or make more of your workers part time instead of full time so that you can save on the cost of supplying it. People can be upset with companies and restaurant chains, but they are not the ones paying the bill to keep those businesses working. It’d be great if everyone could have a nice paycheck, good pensions, and a great healthcare and retirement plan though work, but in order to get that, companies have to make a profit and have the resources available. Either that or you have to work for Congress, be a Representative, or be the President because the taxpayers pay for those benefits and even pay for the health insurance for their families. Also, for anyone who thinks boycotting a restaurant is the answer is only going to add to the problem. With less money coming in, then there’s less money to re-invest. I haven’t been to Wendy’s lately, but I’m definitely keeping them on my list of fast-food places to patronize. I like their food.

  • BristolGOP Backup

    I would totally BUYcott Wendy’s if they didn’t have shitty no-trans-fat fries now. Way to cut the baby in half, Wendy!

  • Keys Man 70

    Yawn, Liberals are weak!

  • Danny Wheeler

    Hmmm… think we’ll see a Wendy’s Appreciation Day soon? 😉

  • DrSamHerman

    Well, I know what I will be ordering for the medical staff lunch on Thursday. Wendy’s, Chik-Fil-A and Papa John’s.

  • dinkerduo

    Please folks—what should they do—go out of business? Obamacare is the biggest rip off this country has ever seen except for over 1200 businesses who got a waiver from Ocare!! Right along with both houses of Congress! Why is ANYBODY exempt from Ocare?? Oh that’s right—they are his cronies and contributed to his campaign, right?!?
    Everybody’s taxes are going up when that liar BO said that if you made under 1 million dollars your taxes would NOT go up one thin dime!! What a f—–g LIAR this a-h is!!
    EVERYBODY READ THE BOOK “AGENDA 21”!! It is what the UN has in mind!!
    The book is fictional and kinda goes to the extreme but it is to make a point on how the
    UNITED NATIONS is thinking and it is real!! look it up on the UN’s site!! SCARY!

  • marine72

    Can’t wait to go tomorrow and support Wendy’s KA, yes, that’s right: Kalifornia, the land o0f granola for those who are nuts or fruits.

  • DWeb

    Look, all food service companies will have to reduce hours of most employees in order to stay in business. It is simple economics. Either cut hours for your employees or charge more for your product. See I am not going to buy a $10 hamburger. Can you imagine making $400 – $500 per week and paying out $50 – $100 for lunch? Who would? With all the other living expenses, who could? So go ahead and boycott Wendy’s, Papa Johns, and the rest of them– it will shorten the line for the rest of us.

  • ember

    I’m supporting any business that goes against Obamacare and the Dicktator-in-chief.

  • Citizen0000

    People were warned Obamacare would have repercussions and they act surprised when it happens.

  • Noctis Wolf

    Yes, because boycotting Wendy’s on purpose will REALLY help the employees who work there.

    As they calling it, “tangling with Obamacare” is Wendys’ way of trying to stay profitable. Oh, bad profit! Well, if they are not profitable then they can’t pay for anything and they can’t expand their business. If they are not profitable then the company closes. SO in order to stay open, yes, they are “tangling with Obamacare.”

    Employers shouldn’t cut hours, you say. They should let their employees work 30+ hours a week and give them health insurance, you say. Okay then. YOU run a business and find a way to cover extra costs which have been mandated. And still keep your employees at 30+ hours a week, with health insurance paid for by you, and keep your business profitable. Oh, and you’re not allowed to raise prices or lay ANYONE off.

  • Noctis Wolf

    The Affordable Care Act has an employer health insurance mandate. If the business has 50+ employees then they must provide health insurance to any employee who is working an average of 30 (thirty) hours a week or more. Yes, according to the ACA 30 hours a week is the new full time.

    Which means your hours could well be at 29 a week or less. Now, couple your fewer hours and lower pay with inflation. Then add in the requirement that YOU must buy health insurance. Yes, with less money you will still need to pay for your own health insurance. If you do not you will have to pay a fine or go to prison if you do not pay the fine.

    Imagine that, if you will. Working 29 hours a week or less. With higher prices because of inflation. Now you have less money. And with the less money that you have you must now spend more money on health insurance, a fine, or you get locked up.

    Now. If that is tolerable then you then feel free to stay in the government of Washington DC. Just don’t expect those of us who find that intolerable to continue to live, and we will live, as a part of the government in Washington DC.

    Some of us see the situation as being untenable. Some of us know that with 29 hours a week with inflation and having to pay for something which is REQUIRED, or a fine or prison will be unbearable.

    So keep your ACA and your government in Washington. DC. Just don’t drag everyone else who doesn’t like it, like you like it, down with you.

  • mary

    Liberals are like moslems, constantly enraged.