What the …? Walmart cuts health benefits, but seeks to launch primary health services

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November 28, 2011

I find Walmart to be a wholly disconcerting place. I just find it very strange that it sells tires, toothpaste, turkeys, tinsel and t-shirts all under the same gigantic roof — and markets this as a good thing. One-stop shopping is one thing, but sheesh. Anyway, Walmart has confused me once more, with two recent developments. Last month, the nation’s largest retailer and private employer announced it would stop providing health benefits to its part-time workforce.…


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I'm pretty sure WMT did not announce it will "stop providing health benefits to its part-time workforce".

Some new part-timers will no longer be eligible; others will see contributions increase and/or benefits trimmed.

Even with their cuts, WMT still provides better, more inclusive benefits programs than many large retailers.

Couldn't you spend your time more productively for your readers by, for example, reporting on the numerous hospitals out there that provide their staff with lousy health benefits?

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Your confusion should tell its own story. it reflects the generally schizophrenic attitude that employers in this country have toward health care benefits and health care in general.

Is health care a social good which should be available to all Americans before they are employed? In which case why are private employers hijacked into performing a social function?

Or is health care a private good, available only after people are employed and only to selected employees of selected employers?

If asked, employers would most certainly choke on the first question. But their actions, clearly demonstrate that they are uncomfortable with the second - by constantly cutting benefits and benefit programs.

Only when employers come to terms with their own schizophrenia on this issue, will America make genuine strides toward health care reform.

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