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Walmart's New Health Care Policy Shifts Burden To Medicaid, Obamacare

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- 1995 days ago -
Walmart, the nation's largest private employer, plans to begin denying health insurance to newly hired employees who work fewer than 30 hours a week, according to a copy of the company's policy obtained by The Huffington Post.

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Jason S (50)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 4:43 pm
Walmart is wrong, time for single payer health system, good posting, thanks

Rebecca S (61)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 5:30 pm
another reason why I refuse to shop there....

Susanne R (234)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 9:46 pm
If the Walton family and the shareholders of Walmart stock are not ashamed of themselves, they should be! They don't seem to care about the people they employ or what amounts to the "slave labor" in foreign countries who produce the products they sell under the worst possible conditions. Because of its profitability, GREED seems to be the only reason for Walmart's existence!

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 6:08 am
Consultant said it would happen, democrats said it would not.

Lindsay K (6)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 6:56 am
This policy sounds to me to be plain wrong.

Karen R (87)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 8:04 am
Walmart - wrong again!

Arielle S (313)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 8:23 am
But if people continue to buy cheap, cheesy junk at Walmart, isn't that pretty much the same as okaying what they do? We in the US need to stop accumulating *stuff* and spend wiser. Shop stores that have some moral fiber and whose owners care about their employees.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 10:42 am
It's not only Walmart it's just that you hear more about them. This is a growing trend that is starting show up north of the border too. I guess you work the expendable assets knowing that the poor have babies who will in turn due to the engineered failing economy grow into more expendable assets. By not providing them with health care and limiting their hours to 29 you can kill them off just a little bit more quickly to make room for the new crop. It's true what Jesus allegedly said, "The poor you always have with you."

Chris C (152)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 11:00 am
There are many companies who use these tactics...but why not start with Walmart - publicizing this despicable behavior? I saw a special on Costco the other day where it appears they care much more about their employess with more hours, better pay, good benefits. When he was asked why...he simply said that happy employees make better, more long lasting employees. I recently visited my Costco and the greeter had previously been employed at Walmart. I questioned him quite a bit about this and why he switched to Costco and he couldn't say enough good things about his new employer.

Deborah W (6)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 1:28 pm
Whatever anybody can get away with rules; if not workable, petition or change the rules to work it. Current mindset.

. (0)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 3:07 pm
This is the coming trend that began in the third world countries with globalization and now through corporatism is making its presence felt here in North America.

Veronica C (22)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 3:46 pm
Other companies already do this and we will see it happen more and more. I've never heard of anyone working less than 40 hours a week getting any benefits.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 4:10 pm
Thanks, Carrie. Ah, here's the continuing story how our lower-and-middle-income continues to "Trickle-Up." While employees get less and less from employers, the CEO's just keep sucking it all up for stick in offshore accts. while pleading "poverty" and "overtaxation." Disgusting!

Carlene V (202)
Monday December 3, 2012, 6:09 am
No wonder Walmart fights so hard to keep their employees from organizing under a union contract. This would most likely notbe happening if they belonged to a union. Boycott that evil company if you can.

Gene J (290)
Monday December 3, 2012, 12:32 pm
"The combined worth of the 6 Walmart heirs and heiresses is greater than that of the bottom 41% of American families (48.8 million households). How do the grinning kids of Sam Walton stay so rich? By paying their employees slave wages and not providing benefits, forcing them to use food stamps and medicaid. Walmart siphons money from taxpayers so it can pay its workers (which represent 1% of the American workforce) an average of $8.81 an hour without having them and their kids drop dead of starvation." Further, Walmart declared profits of 15.4 billion dollars in 2011 while its employees received a total of 2.66 billion dollars in the form of food stamps and medicaid due to the miserly wages Walmart pays.

Walmart is the most disgusting example of a BAD corporate citizen in this country which isn't to say that their tactics aren't also used by other companies as well. Walmart is just the largest. I don't know how they live with themselves.
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