It's Come to This: Obamacare Threatens White Castle
12:07 PM, Jul 6, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
Well, I guess now we know why Kal Penn left the administration. It wasn't because he suddenly realized he'd given up a plum regular role on a top-rated network TV show for a wholly unfulfilling career as a flack for Obama administration policies, which— let's face it— didn't give him nearly the energizing jolt of moral superiority that hanging Shepard Fairey posters did.
Nope, he left because the man whose career was launched by a fast-food slider chain could not countenance the War on White Castle. And, who can blame him?
IHOP will not be spared, either:
Could this be an attack orchestrated by lobbyists for Big Krystal? Or, is health care just a proxy front in Michelle Obama's war on fatties?
This article is just one of a thousand glimpses the post-Obamacare era has given us at the real costs of the plan we had to pass to "find out" what was in it.
The International Franchise Association opposed the law, saying, "Our message all along was to start over," and calling the bill "damaging to small businesses." The National Restaurant Association opposed the bill because it will, "impose tremendous burdens on America's restaurants and hurt our industry's ability to create and sustain jobs."
White House spokeswoman Nancy Ann DeParle characterized such concerns as a bunch of cranky big businessmen whining about their profit margins ("I understand that they don't like it and believe it will cut into their profits, but it is a relatively small contribution to defray costs to taxpayers."), but National Restaurant News painted a different picture in its April coverage of the health care battle, featuring many personal stories that were far more Main St. than Wall St.