July 5, 2009


Wal-Mart's good-guy stance on healthcare reform: It's not clear what the retailer's motives may be, nor does it truly matter. Wal-Mart is to be commended for taking a stand -- something far too many businesses have been reluctant to do. (David Lazarus, July 5, 2009, LA Times)

Whatever the company's motive, retail behemoth Wal-Mart Stores Inc. made healthcare reform significantly more likely last week by throwing its weight behind a requirement that all employers provide health coverage.

The company made its position known in a letter to President Obama, who has said an employer mandate is vital to helping cover the roughly 46 million people in the United States who lack medical insurance.

Although it wasn't in the letter, Wal-Mart also says it supports a mandate for all uninsured people to buy reasonably priced coverage -- another key element of the healthcare debate.

Obviously you can't have both employer coverage and national health.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 5, 2009 7:17 AM
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