Wal-Mart employees to pay more for health care plans

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Batman_is_mad wrote:

And thus, the stupidity of our immoral way of healthcare will force this country into a single payer system similar to Canada, Europe and most of the world. It will force these for profit insurance companies out of business and that means the medical including pharmaceutical industries bubble will very well soon burst and will it ever! Healthcare in the US is unaffordable and completely unsustainable.

Nov 12, 2012 2:19am EST  --  Report as abuse
Quietman wrote:

I’m missing something. Won’t these employees who drop their medical insurance have to pay additional taxes under Obamacare because they have opted not to buy insurance. Won’t this cost them the same amount? And what about the 22 year old smoker who has decided to drop his insurance but can afford to buy cigarettes.

Nov 12, 2012 3:11am EST  --  Report as abuse
IamBAD1 wrote:

Hey Quietman:
What you are missing is the fact that WalMart pays such low wages that the 22 y/o smoker that you refer to will qualify for state Medicaid. This individual will not be assessed the “tax” for not having health insurance. Is this not just another form of corporate Socialism–privatize profits and socialize losses?

Nov 12, 2012 7:12am EST  --  Report as abuse
tmc wrote:

Now that the republicans know that electing president Obama was not a fluke and the country really wants change, maybe they will work together to reduce the astronomical profit margins in the medical supply industry and make a single payer system that is the envy of the world.

Nov 12, 2012 7:18am EST  --  Report as abuse
Nurgle wrote:

@ Quietman – I hear ya’ on the cigarettes. Thing is, WalMart does not pay their workers enough that they would be penalized by additional taxes. On the contrary, (as noted in the article) not only will these workers not face tax penalties, the cost of their care will devolve to taxpayers at large as they are generally going to fall under the threshold for subsidized care. If we want to make a system of personal responsibility work, employees must be paid a living wage. Cost control is also central to the systemic disfunction, and none of our leaders seem willing to confront this reality.

Nov 12, 2012 7:37am EST  --  Report as abuse
Alexander_Sr wrote:

What Obama has to do is make this affordable for not only the employer but the employee and do this he is going to have to allow employees a tax deduction some way or another that businesses use since they right of their costs for health insurance.

Nov 12, 2012 3:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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