Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Walmart weighs in for White House

Why in the world is WalMart supporting employer mandated health care coverage? When I read this, my first thought was it's some kind of reverse psychology. Meaning, if WalMart is for it, maybe it's not a good thing after all. But their stated reason sounds reasonable.
As a company, we believe the present health-care system is unsustainable and making the country's businesses less competitive in the global economy," said Mr. Dach, who delivered the letter Tuesday to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
Needless to say the prime movers on the anti-reform side are more than a little pissed off but it's not going to change their overall strategy. They'll be fighting reform to the bitter end. Nonetheless, as Steve Benen explains, this does change the dynamics inside the Beltway. Of course, as Atrios notes, this doesn't resolve the question of whether the employer based model is really the way to go.

Meanwhile, Avedon asks, "Aren't you really glad our politicians are sparing us from socialized medicine?"
I walked out of the clinic with a diagnosis and treatment within twenty-five minutes of entering, without paying a dime. There was no wait, no paperwork, and no questions about my ability to pay...
How horrible.

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Anonymous sandbun said...

Wondering what your thoughts were on this story -

I'm telling you, they're going to cave and make a worse than doing nothing bill again.

7:32:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Well, FDL tends to be a bit alarmist, but oxdown is right that there's a very good chance the Dems will sell us out absent any big public outcry. They're all deep in the industry's pocket on both sides.

That's why it's so important to contact your Congresslizards to tell them to do the right thing. Contact info on my sidebar, right at the top. Write to your Senators and Reps and get everyone you know to do the same.

7:50:00 PM  
Blogger Joe "Truth 101" Kelly said...

I fell almost vindicated by one of the companys I hate the most. Perhaps everyone will come to the realization that a single payer national health insurance program is good for business as well as all America. Taking the burden of health insurance expense will absolutly help business compete globally.

A simple 4% income tax we all pay with appropriate deductibles and copays to help keep costs down by preventing the mooches from abusing the system.

But sadly, as you say Libby, our Congressmen are making sure the system will remain essentially no different than what it is now. How is simply requiring everyone to have insurance going to fix a broken system? All this does is guarentee insurance companies and HMO's continue to hold us hostage. After the public option that the President is touting gets watered down so that it is the option of last resort, we'll be worse off.

Thanks for letting me rant Libby. This subject is very important to me.

8:52:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I love your rants Truth.

10:27:00 AM  

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